Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Photos of Saint Patrick Mission - Armagh

Here are photos of Saint Patrick's Mission - Armagh, the "Old Rock Church", in Catawissa, Missouri, which is about 42 highway miles southwest of downtown Saint Louis, Missouri.



The settlement of Armagh was set up as a refuge for Irish immigrants. It is located in the rugged Ozarks, and the Irish had Indians and Kentucky frontiersmen as neighbors.




The first church was made of logs and was serviced by missionary priests who had a difficult horseback journey from Saint Louis.




There are Gothic details inside and out of this church.

The plaque next to the door reads:

ST. PATRICK'S PARISH OF ARMAGH
ESTABLISHED IN 1843
PRESENT CHURCH BEGUN IN 1853
INTERRUPTED BY CIVIL WAR
COMPLETED IN 1866
CHURCH BURNED IN 1885
REOPENED ON EASTER SUNDAY 1886
CLOSED 1924


Archdiocesan website of mission: http://www.archstl.org/parishes/386.shtml
Preservation society's web site, with extensive historical information: http://www.stpatricksorc.org

150 Rock Church Road
Catawissa, Missouri 63015


Photos taken on New Year's Eve 2004

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