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
Fr. George Munjanattu, OFM Conv.
Fr. George Mathew Munjanattu is 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, he joined with the Conventual Franciscans in June 1989. He received his First Religious Profession on May 01, 1994 and Solemn Profession on May 24, 1998. His religious studies were at the Pontifical Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Kerala, India from 1994 to 2000. He was ordained as a Priest on December 26, 2000. Then he 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, he is working for Holy Family Parish, Bellarmine University Campus Ministry, and Syro-Malabar Catholic community in Louisville. In 2023, Fr. George graduated from Bellarmine University with a PhD in Leadership in Higher Education.
Fr. John Pozhathuparambil, OFM Conv.
Fr. John Pozhathuparambil is a Franciscan Conventual Friar from India, came to Louisville in 2010. He is a resident priest at Holy Family Rectory ( Franciscan Shanthi Ashram). He has a Doctorate in Ministry from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. Along with Fr. George, he runs a Ministry for College Age Young Adults. He is working as a Director of Campus Ministry at Bellarmine University.
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.
Mrs. Paulin comes to Holy Family after a career in administration with Louisville Metro Government. She is active with serving meals at the Ronald McDonald House and Senior Care Experts and involved with her local parish. Her and husband are lifelong residents of Louisville and parents to three sons
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.
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.