Church History

Saint Matthew Church

Saint Matthew Catholic Church was founded in 1978, when Bishop James Niedergeses appointed Father Albert Siener the pastor of a new parish to be located in Franklin, Tennessee. The Catholic population of Nashville was blooming, and so families from the St. Henry and St. Philip parishes were asked by the Bishop to help form a new parish, one that could grow alongside the Catholic community for years to come.

The first Mass of the “Temple Hills-Bellevue Catholic Church” was celebrated on October 1, 1978 in the West Side Cumberland Presbyterian Church, before a congregation of fifty. In 1979 services moved to Harpeth Valley School to accommodate the ever-growing congregation, and the community decided to officially change its name. The parish held its first Mass as Saint Matthew Catholic Church on March 10, 1980.

The parish community committed itself to acquiring a permanent location and did so in 1980. The present site now includes both the original church building, which serves as a multipurpose facility, and second expansion constructed in 1991. The parish community is one of welcoming, faith-forward fellowship, a family committed to serving God by serving others, and upholding Christ’s words in the Gospel.

Saint Matthew School

An extension of the parish community, Saint Matthew School was opened in 2001 to serve the Catholic Community of northwest Williamson and western Davidson counties. The school began small, with just one class serving each of the grades K-4th, but grew quickly through parish and community demand. In 2005, the campus was expanded to include new offices for both the church and school, a conference center, additional classrooms, a media center, and a parish life center/gymnasium.

Today, Saint Matthew School serves grades K-8th, each grade accommodating two classes apiece. The school strives to educate the whole student, mind, body and soul, and they are taught by an engaged faculty that takes pride in the work they do. Saint Matthew children leave prepared and mature, and are desired across the mid-state as exemplary students.




Diocese of Nashville

Saint Matthew Church and School are part of the Diocese of Nashville. 

Visit the Diocese of Nashville website, for more information.