St. Brendan Catholic Church
Hilliard, OH
2/8 Humpe - 1981


In the photo above is the Humpe 2/8 pipe organ in St. Brendan Catholic Church in Hilliard, Ohio. Despite it's small size, the organ is able to provide sufficient sound to lead the congregation in song. While I doubt the builder had a particular sound in mind, if classified I would say it is more baroque sounding mainly due to its basses being very soft overall.

Parish and Church History

Nestled on the east side of Hilliard, Ohio is St. Brendan Church. The parish has been in existence since 1956 and is one of the top five largest parishes in the Columbus Diocese with over 3,500 families. The size of the parish is expected to expand as new homes are built in former farmland fields in Hilliard not far from the church.

church inside

The current church was built in 1981 and expanded in 1995. Capacity of the church is a little less than 1,100 people. As can be seen above, the church is laid out in a semi-circle with the organ sitting on the left side of the room. The terazzo floor and lack of any carpeting anywhere in the room make it very bright thus sound travels well. Hence the small stature of the organ is not as much of an issue than it would be if the room had carpeting or other sound dampening accessories.

While fully functioning, the church's organ is not used for most Mass services. Contemporary ensembles play once or twice during the weekend with the remaining Masses usually accompanied by piano. The organ is often used for major church holidays and almost always for weddings.

Because of the anticipated parish growth, there are discussions of possibly building a new church on land directly behind the parish school. If this becomes a reality, likely the current organ will not be kept. Whether the parish members will want to splurge for a real pipe organ (as opposed to an electronic organ) remains to be seen. Until that time, the humble Humpe organ ambles along.

Credits and Links

I'd like to thank St. Brendan Music Director Pete McClernon for his assistance with this page. Pete has known my family since I've been born and was at my parent's parish when I was baptized. In 2004 my wife and I began attending St. Brendan which was the same year Pete became music director. So our paths have crossed again 30 years after they first met.

Stop List Photos of the Pipes Photos of the Console St. Brendan Catholic Church - Hilliard, OH

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