History of the Churches of Teller County

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Our Lady of the Woods

This parish community began in July 1954, with Fr. Michael Kavanagh. Mass was celebrated in various locations and homes. The church was built in 1955 and the rectory completed in 1967. This Catholic Community in Teller County has two locations within the one parish of Our Lady of the Woods. These two locations are: St. Peter Chapel in Cripple Creek and Our Lady of the Woods Church in Woodland Park.

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Saint Peter

In 1892, Archbishop N.C. Matz of Denver sent Cripple Creek its first resident priest, Fr. T. Volpe, who selected the highest hill in town for the church. The foundation stone was laid in 1897. A school located on the lot closest to the church was opened in 1901, under the charge of the Sisters of Mercy.