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Celebrating 150 Years, St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, New Albany, Indiana is a beautifully illustrated book and CD-ROM documenting the heritage of St. Mary’s church.  This 71-page booklet commemorates the Sesquicentennial of St. Mary of the Annunciation (1853 – 2003) and recognizes the rich history of our parish. The CD-ROM contains scores of photographs of the churches’ interior and is set to reflective music.

Filled with beautiful color photographs this book celebrates the vibrate parish life at St. Mary’s from the early beginnings to the new millennium. Please contact the parish office to purchase this book.

An excerpt from Chapter IV: Joseph Cardinal Ritter,  Advocate for Human Rights:

“Considered by many to be an unassuming and humble person, St. Mary’s native son Joseph Cardinal Ritter became one of the most significant figures of the Roman Catholic Church in the 20th century.

Though mild mannered in nature, Cardinal Ritter delivered a quiet, thoughtful leadership that impacted both the Church and society for generations to come.  His devotion to inclusion, tolerance, social justice, and ecumenism set the tone of the post –Vatican II era.”

Many thanks to the primary editors of this timeless collection; Margaret Dyer, Chris Morris, and Katherine Sears.


Loose Leaves a personal reflection on the History of St. Mary’s German Congregation of New Albany, Indiana by Rev. Edm. J.P. Schmitt

This book is a pure treasure of history originally published in 1890 and documents the early Catholic church in the United States and the first 50 years of St. Mary’s Parish in New Albany, IN.  Originally written in German by a native son of our parish, Rev. Schmitt, Lose Blaetter aus der Deutshen St. Marien Germeinde von New Albany, Indiana. Thanks to an Indiana Heritage Research Grant, from the Indiana Humanities Council and the Indiana Historical Society, we are able to enjoy the English translation contained in this book, Loose Leaves from the History of the St. Mary’s German Congregation of New Albany, Indiana.   Father Schmitt was baptized at St. Mary’s and also received his grade school education at St. Mary’s Parish Grade School.   To purchase a copy of this book, please contact the parish office.