Parochial Vicar 210 St. Wendelin Road Butler, PA 16002 Phone: 724-287-0820 Fax: 724-287-6253
In the 1840's the first settlers of the district of Carbon Center arrived from an area in southern Germany near Saarbruecken, which was known as Sankt Wendelin. In 1845 they hired a man named George Mueller, a man more educated than the rest, as a teacher. They bought six acres of ground where they constructed a school and a small chapel made of logs and clay. They named the chapel for Saint Wendelin, the local patron of their place of origin. The priest from Butler would come out once a month on a weekday to conduct services. A new church (64 by 36 feet) was built and dedicated on January 16, 1876. By 1950 Saint Wendelin Parish had 136 families and an enrollment of 140 children in the school. A contract for the new church was signed on January 16, 1970. The cornerstone ceremony took place on Sunday, October 18th. The new church was used for the first time on Palm Sunday Eve, April 3, 1971.