Msgr. Joseph Deimling

A Long-time pastor of St. Ann Church. Joseph Deimling was born on September 11, 1895 in Newport, Kentucky. He studied at St. Xavier College and at St. Mary Seminary, both in Cincinnati. He was ordained to the priesthood at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati on May 21, 1921. His first Mass was celebrated at St. Stephen Church in Newport on May 22, 1921.

Father Joseph Deimling was assistant pastor at the following parishes: Holy Cross in Covington, St. Augustine in Covington, and St. Stephen in Newport. He held the pastorate at St. Peter Claver in Lexington and St. Cecilia in Independence (1932-1940). From 1929 to 1932, Father Deimling was headmaster of the Lexington Latin School.

On November 25, 1940, Father Deimling was appointed pastor of St. Ann Parish in West Covington. He was elevated to the rank of monsignor in 1949. Monsignor oversaw the construction of the new school building at St. Ann in 1957. Monsignor Deimling retired as pastor of St. Ann in 1977. He had spent 37 years of his priestly career ministering to the people of West Covington.

Joseph Deimling died on January 4, 1983 at Carmel Manor Nursing Home in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. He was 87 years old. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Ann Church with burial at St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. He was survived by nieces and nephews.

Ryan, Paul, History of the Diocese of Covington, 1954, p. 805; News Enterprise, June 2, 1977, p. 1 and January 12, 1983, p. 6; Kentucky Post, January 5, 1983, p. 13A.

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