The congregation of St. Ignatius, Hickory, the oldest Catholic church still in operation in the Baltimore Archdiocese and oldest parish in Harford County, will kick off a yearlong celebration of its 225th anniversary on Sunday.
"We are the oldest church [still] in use, in terms of our historic church," Msgr. James Barker, the church pastor, said during a recent visit.
The original church building, now known as the "historic church," was dedicated Sept. 27, 1792. Barker noted that George Washington was President of the United States and John Carroll, the first U.S. Catholic bishop and the first Archbishop of Baltimore, also was in office.