"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all the commands I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you until the end of the age."
Since the creation of the diocese of Lafayette in Indiana by Pope Pius XII in 1944, Catholics in Hamilton County were cared for by parishes in Cicero, Lebanon and Noblesville. In 1955, however, Bishop Bennett foresaw the potential for growth in the Carmel area and established Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish to serve Washington and Clay Townships of Hamilton County.
Further growth in the community of Carmel led Bishop Raymond Gallagher to issue a decree on July 1, 1981 establishing the parish of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Father Leo Piguet was named the first pastor and served the parish for seventeen years. Upon his retirement in 1998, Father Ted Rothrock was named pastor and now serving the spiritual needs of the parish with Father Thomas J. Haan, Parochial Vicar; and Deacon Bill Reid.
Beginning with only 254 households in July, 1981, we now have over 1840 households. Growth is expected to continue.
Located on the corner of Haverstick Road and 106th Street, in southeastern Carmel, the building was dedicated October 20, 1985, by Bishop William Higi. On Bishop Higi’s retirement, Monsignor Timothy L. Doherty from the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois was installed on July 15, 2010 as our new bishop. Bishop Doherty will shepherd our diocese into the future.
1981 - Bishop Raymond Gallagher issued decree establishing St. Elizabeth Ann Seton on July 1.
1985 - Bishop William Higi dedicated the building on October 20.
1998 - Administration Wing completed.
1999 - St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church sign installed at corner of 106th Street and Haverstick Road.
1999 - Waterfall and statue of Our Lady installed.
2000 - Wooden Cross installed outside the front of the church.
2002 - Completion of new parking lot.
2003 - Grotto and surrounding lighting completed.
2003 - Parish Rectory construction completed.
2003 - Installation and dedication of crucifix in the Nave.
2004 - Kneelers installed in the Day Chapel.
2005 - Parish Life Center construction completed.
2005 - “Our Lady of Perpetual Help” statue dedicated September 24.
2006 - Rosary Walk completed.
2006 - Labyrinth completed.
2007 - Kneelers installed in the Nave.
2007 - Glass Stations of the Cross installed in the Nave.
2007 - Stations of the Cross installed in the Day Chapel.
2007 - Arbor at the Parish Life Center built.
2007 - Stained glass window installed in the Day Chapel.
2007 - Ball Fields upgraded.
2008 - Wood deck completed off Social Hall.
2009 - Fire pit and benches constructed along the east drive by the Parish Life Center.
2010 - Firepit with walk by cross in front of church.
2010 - New benches at the grotto and walkway from parking lot.
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Who was St. Elizabeth Ann Seton?
Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton was raised Episcopalian, married and had five children. At the age of 30 she was widowed and converted to Catholicism. In 1812 she founded Sisters of Charity, the first congregation for religious women in the United States, whose devotion was education of the poor and teaching in parochial schools. She was credited with opening the first American parish school and the first American Catholic orphanage. She was the first native born citizen of the United States to be honored with canonization. In the homily at the canonization of Elizabeth Ann Seton, Holy Father Paul VI said “as the Church renders the greatest honor possible to Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton and extols her personal and extraordinary contribution as a woman –a wife, a mother, a widow, and a religious”.
The Parish Facility
The parish facility is set on 33 acres surrounded by trees and Blue Woods Creek. The layout of the parish facility is a cluster similar to many farm buildings in Indiana. The simplicity of the design blends with the setting of an agricultural community. The driveway opens with a boulevard from Haverstick Road and gently guides you into the campus to the church. Looking across the pond, a lighted grotto with a statue of Our Lady and a waterfall adds to the beauty of the campus. The waterfall was donated by the Women’s Club and constructed by Lynn’s Pond, Pets, and Water Gardens. The beautiful statue of Our Lady was donated by a parish family in honor of their parents, Mr. & Mrs. Larry Ricci and Mr. & Mrs. Donald Burkhart. Click here for a larger view of the Grotto.
To complete an Eagle Scout project in 2003, Ben Blotsky took on the building of the grotto around the statue which is set off beautifully by the night lighting. Another Eagle Scout project completed in 2006 by Jim Merchun is a Rosary Walk along the west parking lot ending at the Grotto. It depicts the 20 mysteries of the Rosary. Thanks to the many donors, this makes a wonderful area for a quiet spiritual walkway on our grounds.
In 2002 the new parking lot was completed providing an additional 440 spaces to our existing lots as well as a lighted drive through the parish campus exiting on 106th . Along the drive is a Labyrinth (an ancient path of wisdom and peace) made of stone with a dirt path done as an Eagle Scout project in 2006 by Christopher Hill. Many people are seen walking and meditating on it.
Construction of the Parish Rectory, positioned in the wooded northeast corner of the campus, was completed in 2003 giving the priests a much needed on-site home.
The Parish Life Center was completed in 2005 on the east side of the church. This building houses a full size gymnasium with a stage, and classrooms around the perimeter. It has one office which houses the Director of Religious Education, Preschool Curriculum Director, Coordinator of Religious Formation, and an Athletic Director. It also provides space for our parish pre-school, kindergarten and youth religious education, for meetings and liturgies, and for an activity center. Opportunities for basketball and volleyball make this space a hub for our athletic and social activities. Our outdoor ball fields have been upgraded and provide space for scheduling many different sports activities including softball, football, and soccer. Once again our Eagle Scouts went to work enhancing our facilities. In 2005, Philip Morton completed his project by installing a much needed playground for our preschool age children. In 2007, Matt Oliver designed a pergola for the PLC patio providing an outdoor shaded area for small group meetings.
The church building itself is divided into several areas: The Commons, the Nave, the Mary Chapel, the Reservation Chapel with Confessionals, the Day Chapel, the Wake Chapel, the West Wing, the Administrative Wing, the Social Hall, and the Playroom.
The many varied ministries of the parish community publicize their activities in the Commons before and after Sunday Masses, making this area the “information center” of the building.
The Baptismal Font (top)
The wood on the ceilings of the nave and chapels is fir. The doors of the three prayer spaces are white oak which identify these as special places for worship.
Our new crucifix is a unique creation of artist/sculptor Wiktor Szostalo. Made possible by the gift of a single donor family, this piece of sacred art was installed and dedicated on September 14, 2003, the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross. Both crucified and resurrected, both ancient and modern, the Christ figure in this piece of sacred art is both evocative and compelling in its form and design, taking a center position in the sanctuary between the ambo, altar, and the presider's chair. Made chiefly of stainless steel with colored glass, this corpus stands over ten feet high and weighs over 800 pounds. The completion of this piece was the result of almost five years of research, design and production. We are grateful to the donor family for making this sacred art possible.
The lighting features for the corpus were made possible through the generosity of the Thomas Linnen family as a memorial to Mary J. Linnen. Click here to read a homily by Fr. Fred regarding the crucifix (corpus).
Kiln cast crystal Glass in a post modern depiction of the Way of the Cross, along the north wall of the Nave was designed by Wiktor Szostalo. Many donors made it possible to install these beautiful bas-relief sculptures in time for Holy Week 2007.
The Blessed Sacrament Chapel (top)