1919 — 2019
In 1918, Father Bernard Froegel encouraged the Catholics of the Keenesburg community to build a church. That year, a site east of the main street of Keenesburg was chosen and the ground was broken.
The farmers brought their horses and equipment for digging the basement and preparing the foundation. The first mass in the new church was held in the summer of 1919, with the formal dedication mass celebrated later by Bishop Tihen. Holy Family was officially established as a mission by Bishop Tihen in 1920.
In 1932, Holy Family was made a parish with Sacred Heart in Roggen as its mission. Father Bernard Weakland was assigned as the first resident pastor and a home across the street from the church was purchased for use as a rectory. In 1944, Father Charles P. Sanger was appointed as pastor and Sacred Heart in Roggen became the mother parish with Holy Family as its mission church. Under Father Sanger, the church was remodeled and two new additions were built. Under the leadership of Father Eugene Murphy, Holy Family added a parish center in 1974.
Father Joseph Blanco updated the church basement, including the carpet and installing the window wells. During 2004 and 2005, Father Robert Wedow beautifully remodeled the interior of the church, including the altar and confessional, and replaced the old ramp and sidewalks. Most recently, in 2018-2019, the stained glass windows were repaired and restored to their former beauty. Many past and present parishioners have donated their time, talent and treasure to give us the beautiful church we enjoy today. We are grateful to them for their 100 years of love and service.
Chronological History of Holy Family Church
Parish with Roggen as a Mission
1932 – 1938 Rev. Bernard Weakland
1928 – 1944 Rev. William J. Gallagher
1944 – 1949 Rev. Charles P. Sanger
Mission of Roggen
1949 – 1956 Rev. Charles P. Sanger
1956 – 1962 Rev. Leonard Abercrombie
1962 – 1966 Rev. John Holloway
1966 – 1969 Rev. James Morgan
1969 – 1973 Rev. Edward Day
1973 – 1980 Rev. Eugene Murphy
1980 Msgr. Thomas Barry
1980 – 1985 Rev. Cathal Longwill
1985 – 1992 Rev. Robert Breunig
1992 – 1994 Rev. Peter Urban
1994 – 1995 Rev. Gerald Young
1995 – 2000 Rev. Joseph Blanco
2001 – 2002 Rev. Reinhold Weissbeck
2003 – 2006 Rev. Robert Wedow
2007 – 2008 Rev. Frank Garcia
2009 – 2012 Rev. Hector Chiapa-Villarreal
2013 – 2019 Rev. Carlos Wilson Bello Ayala
2019 – present Rev. Peter Dinh