Two great events marked the year 1818 – Illinois was admitted into the Union of the United States as the 21st state and the town of Kaskaskia, in Randolph County, became the first capital of Illinois.
To the north of Kaskaskia, the second event occurred – the establishment of the O’Hara Settlement and the Church of St. Patrick. This marked the beginning of the oldest English speaking Catholic parish in Illinois.
The area was growing. At this time the Henry O’Hara family donated a 100 acre tract of land to St. Patrick for church purposes. It so happened that by 1826 a house of worship was built on a small tract of this land located just west of the present church. This log church served the parish until the present day church was completed in 1854.
Now, in 2018, the spiritual needs of the people of St. Patrick’s Ruma are served by a kind and considerate pastor, Monsignor Dennis Schaefer.
As the parish moves into its next century, the descendants of many early settlers of various origins take pride in their community, care for their families, honor their country and continue to thank God for his many blessings.
To celebrate the parish’s 200th anniversary, an event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. at the church. All are invited and welcome to come celebrate.