St. Simon The Apostle
A Family Of God
A Brief Introduction:
St. Simon the Apostle was established as the 261st parish in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on August 9, 1966. Fourteen years later on September 12, 1980 our present church was dedicated. Archbishop Karl J. Alter had appointed Fr. Robert J. Plagge spiritual leader of our new parish and he was here for 20 years until his retirement.
Fr. Erwin Bertke was then named our second pastor and he served faithfully for 6 years. His time was followed by the appointment of Fr. Michael Beatty, who just as Fr. Plagge, spent 20 years enjoying the environment of this fine parish. During his tenure, Plagge Hall was built. When Fr. Beatty died on December 14, 2011, our parish followed direction from Archbishop Dennis Schnurr and became a Regional Parish. St. Aloysius on the Ohio became the sister parish as I became the fourth pastor of St. Simon the Apostle in this union.
St. Simon continues to step forward, now celebrating a new and bright view of itself and choosing to make efforts to become even more of what God has called each parish community to be; a family of God. May God bless our endeavors, may He challenge us to grow stronger in His ways, and may we share the gifts He has given us with one another. As faithful followers of our loving God, may He pour out His blessings on each of us.
On behalf of St. Simon the Apostle Parish,
I Welcome You,
Fr. Richard E. Dressman