The Camp Taylor neighborhood in Louisville grew out of a World War I Army camp. At the request of residents known as the “Catholic Welfare Club of Camp Taylor,” a Catholic school was established as an offshoot of St. Elizabeth Parish in 1923.
The school was a soldiers’ barracks remodeled by the club members and made into two classrooms. Two Sisters of Charity of Nazareth taught the seventy-seven children who were enrolled. Soon after, Mass was offered in one of the classrooms on an altar improvised from desks.
Camp Taylor became a mission in 1924 and then a mission church of St. Elizabeth in 1926. A new two-story, modern school opened on May 22, 1927, with the second floor made into a temporary church. In November 1928, Father Francis J. Timoney was appointed the first resident pastor. A temporary basement church was built in 1939, which served until July 1996.
As Holy Family’s membership increased, three new churches were carved out of the parish: St. Stephen Martyr in 1948 and Resurrection and Guardian Angels in 1957. The present church was dedicated on May 28, 1997. From its founding until the last decades of the twentieth century the parish utilized farm houses, Quonset huts and other buildings for its various ministries.
From a patchwork of Army barracks to a modern church campus, the parish has been enriched by the patchwork of nearly 1,700 parishioners who gather as Holy Family Parish. - Holy Family School closed May 30, 2014 due to declining enrollment and increasing parish costs.
Meet our Staff
Deacon Pat Wright
Deacon Pat Wright and his wife Sandy have been married for since 1964. They have four grown children and seven grandchildren. In 2010 Deacon Pat was asked to move from the Cathedral of the Assumption, where he had served since his ordination as a Deacon in 1990, to serve as Pastoral Administrator of St. Boniface parish. He served in that role for one year. In addition to Deacon Pat's role at Holy Family Parish, he serves as Chaplain for the Camp Taylor Fire Department, is one of a number of Deacons who accompany Priests of the Archdiocese in ministering to the inmates at Kentucky State Reformatory, and along with his wife Sandy, are a presenting couple for Foundation for Marriage, a Marriage Preparation Program.
Fr. John Pozhathuparambil, OFM Conv.
Fr. John Pozhathuparambil is a Franciscan Friar from India, came to Louisville in 2010. He has a Masters in Liturature and working on his Doctorate. Along with Fr. George, he runs a Ministry for Young Adults who are 24-35. He is also working as a Campus Minister at Bellarmine University.
Fr. George Munjanattu, OFM Conv.
I am Fr. George Mathew Munjanattu, an Ordained Catholic Priest and a permanent Religious Member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Province, India of the Order of the Friars Minor Conventual (Conventual Franciscans). Immediately after Matriculation, I joined with the Conventual Franciscans in June 1989. I received my First Religious Profession on May 01, 1994 and Solemn Profession on May 24, 1998. My religious studies were at the Pontifical Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Kerala, India from 1994 to 2000. I was ordained as a Priest on December 26, 2000. Then I offered service to the Conventual Franciscan Province in India for the formation of the Aspirants from 2000 to 2003 and was the Province Treasurer from 2003 to 2015. Currently, I am working for Holy Family Parish, Bellarmine University Campus Ministry, and Syro-Malabar Catholic community in Louisville.
After working twenty years as a bookkeeper for two different carpet stores, I started working for Holy Family School as a school secretary/bookkeeper in 2007. The year before the school closed in 2014 I was transferred to the parish office as a part time secretary. I love working for this parish and have been adopted as a member of this family.
Mrs. Boyd has been working at Holy Family since 1999. She enjoys her times at Holy Family, even though she is not a member. She lives in Cox's Creek with her husband, Chris. She has 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters.
Ms. Booker has been with Holy Family since 2016, and she was hired after spending six years as a church pianist and cantor at various Louisville Catholic churches. Ms. Booker attended Presentation Academy and Bellarmine University, where she studied as a piano major. Ms. Booker very much appreciates the rich community at Holy Family, and she enjoys helping out at church events, such as the picnic and fish fries. Ms. Booker currently resides in Louisville near her family, where she plans to stay.
Don was full-time bookkeeper for St. Rita and St. Luke from 2004 to 2016. During those years he also worked with Mother of Good Council, St. Bernadette, and St. Barnabas. He is the proud father of five daughters and thirteen grandchildren.
Mike Jefferson has been the Maintenance Man for Holy Family Church since November 2017. He previously worked as a Probation and Parole Officer for the State of Kentucky Department of Corrections, and retired from this position in November 2006. Mike married his wife, Pamela, in 1993, and they have two daughters, Ashley (23) and Rachel (20). They have been members of Holy Family Church since 2003. Mike enjoys sports, fishing, watching movies, and watching his daughters play volleyball.
Director of Faith Formation
Jennifer holds a Master of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University New Orleans, through the Archdiocese of Louisville LIMEX program. She graduated from UK and works as a consulting engineer at CBRE/Noveen. She is the proud mother of one daughter and has been active in parish life with Vacation Bible School, Bible Study, Communion Services, distribution of Communion to the Homebound and Hospital, and volunteering at Little Sisters of the Poor.