St. William's Catholic Church was built in 1948 in Ione, Oregon on land donated by Garland Swanson, and officially dedicated on May 25, 1949 by Bishop Fahey. It was named St. William's in honor of William Flannery and William Doherty. A generous contribution of $5,000 was donated for construction by the Catholic Church Extension Society in Mr. Flannery's memory. Mr. Doherty passed away as a result of an injury sustained during the excavation of the new church's basement. A stained glass window was placed in the church in memory of Mr. Doherty.
In 1971, St. William's was a mission to the parish of St. Patrick's in Heppner and remained that until Father Dominic Hahn, OSB came in 1987. Plans were then made to raise St. William's to a parish. Approval was granted, and on January 3, 1988, the mission became St. William's Parish.
Priests from Heppner have served St. William's since it's beginning. Mass is said every Sunday at 8:45 a.m. and on Holy Days, with special services during Lent. Religious education classes are held after Sunday Mass for all school age children.
St. William's Catholic Church
Ione, Oregon 97843
Rev. Fr. Papa Rao Pasala Administrator
Hall Coordinator - June Crowell