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The parish was without a pastor for about 10 months before Rev. Joseph Freyang, the first secular priest came. During this period the parish was served by priest of neighboring churches. Sent by the Bishop, Fr. Freygang later proved to be a maverick who became involved in controversy and was ultimately excommunicated for his activities on June 21, 1841. (22)

Earlier, in about 1836 a dispute had arisen between Norwalk “town people' and the “settlement”. The residents of Norwalk contending they were more at the center of activity and therefore needed a priest and parish of their own. After Fr. Freygang was in Peru only one week he went to town to start up a parish against the direct order of the bishop.

On St. Joseph's Day, Fr. Freygang's nameday, March 19, 1841, the “town people” come to salute Fr. Freygang with guns which developed into a bloody skirmish with the angry settlers. The townsmen took the priest back to town with them. Luckily no one was seriously injured during the schuffle.

The “procession” into Norwalk was reportedly quite a sight with Fr. Freygang seated on a wagon with his belongings, the men forming a guard around the wagon with guns, and the women following all the way to Norwalk reciting the Rosary. St. Alphonsus was again without a pastor.

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