Date Founded: 1864
Church Location: Route 2, Bethany, Illinois
Notes: Prior to the establishment of St. Isidore Church, Catholics in Bethany attended Mass in Mattoon or Decatur.
The first church was built in the fall of 1864 at the site of the current church. In 1874, the church was enlarged and two wings were added. The present St. Isidore's Church was built in 1891. In 1945, the soft brick was refaced with a hard brick veneer.
Records Available in Diocesan Archives for Genealogy Research:
- Baptisms: 1869-1930
- Marriages: 1871-1930
- Deaths: 1870-1933