Where Heritage & Hope Meet
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church was founded in 1837 making it the oldest Catholic Church in the city of Indianapolis. Located in the heart of downtown, St. John’s is a Beacon of Light to the city with the church’s historic spires standing prominently in the Indianapolis skyline. St. John’s serves as a witness to spiritual values in a secular world to a diverse community of parishioners, friends and visitors, including professionals working in the city, downtown residents, IUPUI students, convention and event attendees and our homeless neighbors. Our rich heritage includes:
Over the past 10 years, St. John’s parish has grown from 211 families in 2010 to 1,502 families in 2019. We have welcomed 235 catechumens and candidates into the church and celebrated 530 weddings (including those scheduled through the end of 2020). We are a growing parish. Worship and celebration of the Sacraments form the core of parish life and gives us the grace for our light to shine outward in ministry. Parish ministries currently involve:
As an active and growing parish, our facilities are in heavy daily use. We must ensure the health of our current facilities and plan for optimally suited spaces to support our growing church. For this purpose, we are launching Preserving our Heritage… Inspiring Hope – an initiative to raise $3.5 million in support of the following plans for St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. We hope you will take the time to review these plans and consider a gift to this worthy initiative for our city, our Catholic community, and our parish family.