St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Churchyard Cemetery - Libertytown MD
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 39° 29.220 W 077° 13.800
18S E 308221 N 4373195
Quick Description: The churchyard cemetery is beside and behind St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church.
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 9/12/2021 3:47:16 PM
Waymark Code: WM14YJW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin
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Long Description:
The inscription on the tombstone in the churchyard cemetery:

Beloved son and devoted husband
1924 JOHN 1926
1891 GEORGE 1951

1898 ANELIA 1985
Rest in Pease

From the church website:

"The history of Libertytown and the Catholic Church are much interwoven. The town, originally called Duke's Woods began in 1754. Maryland was originally established as a safe haven for Catholics. However, in 1718, penal laws were enacted against Catholics and they were not permitted to worship in churches. Instead, they gathered and worshipped in Mass houses. In 1782, Duke's Woods was renamed Libertytown in the fervor that followed the Revolutionary War. William Coale and his wife, Katherine McSherry, first invited Jesuit priests to Libertytown to worship in their home, Coale House, built in 1783. The house is still in the Sappington branch of the family and stands at the intersection of routes 26 and 75.

?The first church was dedicated in 1823, and served the parish until 1871 when the second church was built. Both churches stood within what is now the footprint of our current church. The white statue of St. Peter stood on the spot of the original church during the age of the second church, and now has been relocated on our patio in a prominent place. The stones of the original church were used to build the foundation of Sappington Hall. Our second church, though built in 1871, was not consecrated until September 8th, 1903; exactly 105 years prior to the dedication of this present Church. Back in those days, a church was not consecrated until it was paid for. We commemorated our two previous churches in our corner stone. Another nod to our previous churches can be seen in our steeple. The open-arched steeple of the south tower - the new, secondary steeple - hearkens back the original 1823 church design, while the taller tower of our primary steeple is a replica of the spire that caught fire on June 3rd, 2004 and destroyed our church. At the time a new roof was being installed on the church, it accidentally caught fire as the roofers were soldering. The dry timbers aided by a nice, steady breeze quickly saw the entire church engulfed in flames.

?In the aftermath of the fire, several options were considered regarding the rebuilding efforts. Our late deacon, Mike Misulia, was instrumental in determining that a church of the size we needed, as instructed and required by the diocese, could actually fit on the grounds of the present site. Once the decision to rebuild on this site was made, our next directive was to incorporate some of the old Church's walls into the new structure. That section became our Daily Mass Chapel and the exterior brickwork and window design gave the pattern for the new church's brickwork and windows."
Name of church or churchyard: St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church

Approximate Size: Large (100+)

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