Sunday, January 06, 2008

Photos of Saint Joseph Church, in Zell, Missouri

HERE ARE PHOTOS of Saint Joseph Church, in Zell, Missouri. The church is in Sainte Genevieve County, and is 62 highway miles south of downtown Saint Louis.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Zell, Missouri, USA - exterior

In 1837, German Catholics moved to what was known as Nouvelle Alsace, renamed Zell in 1840, which according to one history, was named after a town in Germany.
Zell was first settled in 1798 when 1000 arpents of land [1 arpent = 0.8507 acre] were granted to Pierre Charles Dehault Delassus Deluziere, he called it the Prarie Gautier Tract. In 1819, this land, after Pierre's death was sold to his son, Charles Dehault Delassus (upon the closing of Pierre's estate by Marie Philipe LeDuc), and was soon sold again to Charles's nephew Felix de St. Vrain.
The parish dates from 1845, and the original part of the church dates from 1845-1847. The transept, sanctuary, and bell tower were added in the early 20th century.

Click here for historical information and photos of the church by the Library of Congress, dating from the 1930s.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Zell, Missouri, USA - wide view of nave

The interior of the church. Click any photo for a larger version.

Please note that this photo is highly distorted: the pews are not curved, but rather this is a wide-angle artifact.

According to the 2007 ecclesiastical census, this parish has approximately 1,248 Catholics.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Zell, Missouri, USA - tabernacle and crucifix

The tabernacle, altar, and crucifix.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Zell, Missouri, USA - side of nave

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Zell, Missouri, USA - painting of the Holy Family Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Zell, Missouri, USA - painting of the Holy Death of Saint Joseph

Paintings of the Holy Family and of the Death of Saint Joseph.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Zell, Missouri, USA - Station of the Cross

Station of the cross.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Zell, Missouri, USA - Sacred Heart window Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Zell, Missouri, USA - cross window

Stained glass windows; the blue window is on a door.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Zell, Missouri, USA - cemetery

Priest's graves in the church cemetery.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Zell, Missouri, USA - view from distance with pigs

Also see this article.

Address:
11824 Zell Road
Sainte Genevieve, Missouri 63670

4 comments:

  1. What a wonderful image you captured of the winter scene in Zell. My fathers family came from Germany through St.Louis and first settled in Zell. in approximately 1835. The photo could have been of a village in the Black Forest.
    I stumbled upon your website and find it facinating!

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  2. love reading biographys on the old priest in zell
    msgr edmund j.venverloh 1945
    father herman j schuessler 1950
    father arthur b .leibinger 1959
    do you have any imformation on these priests you can give me.
    appreciate if you contact my email address with this imformation.
    lindalouhenson@yahoo.com

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  3. I am president of the school board in Zell and have recently started our parish website. I stumbled on this page while inputting our domain name. Thank you for posting these wonderful pictures. It is every bit as beautiful in person and I encourage and welcome everyone to come visit us.
    Steve Pinkley

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  4. I have been here one time and it was worth it. These beautiful little rural churches can found throughout Illinois and Missouri and if you are out for a drive in St. Genevieve County stop in the little town of Zell and visit St. Josephs. It is charming

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