In 1970, Fr. Edward A. Jones became the first member of St. Pius parish to be ordained a priest. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Jones. Also that year, a roof was built over the barbecue pit. In 1971, Fr. Paul P. Powell came to our parish as its fourth pastor. Bingo was started as a most needed source of revenue for the parish and Sr. Mary Mercy began the kindergarten and daycare, which has been a great asset to the parish. The parish grounds received a face-lift when trees were planted, the burgoo barn was built, and three ball diamonds were constructed.

In 1973, Fr. Powell celebrated his Silver Jubilee as a priest. The following year, he organized a parish census. Men and women visited every home within the parish boundaries during this time. Also in 1974, Fr. Powell and Sr. Mary Lois Speaks formed a steering committee to organize a parish council. In 1975, the St. Pius Tenth Parish Council was formed when twelve parishioners were elected and commissioned. The council remains a very active organization within the parish today. Fr. Robert Wilson returned as pastor in 1976, and during this time the convent was remodeled.

Next . . . the 1980s.