Monday, March 16, 2009

Catholic St. Louis: A Pictorial History


Catholic St. Louis: A Pictorial History
By William Barnaby Faherty, S.J.
Photography by Mark Scott Abeln

The history of the Catholic Church in St. Louis is dominated by strong personalities and architectural grandeur. In Catholic St. Louis: A Pictorial History, rich text and photography capture the people and places that have defined Catholicism in a historic, and historically Catholic, city. Renowned historian William Barnaby Faherty, S.J., delivers concise historical sketches of the integral people and the landmark houses of worship; and photographer Mark Scott Abeln captures nearly forty different area churches in majestic fashion. From the eighteenth-century Holy Family Church in Cahokia to the overwhelming Cathedral Basilica to the modern St. Anselm’s in Creve Coeur, St. Louis’s churches are significant, not to mention spectacular. This coffee-table book truly presents Catholic St. Louis in all its splendor.


May 2009     9781933370835
$32.95           8.5 x 11
176 pages      Trade Cloth


William Barnaby Faherty, S.J. has written more than 40 books, including dozens of books on St. Louis history and the novels Call of Pope Octavian and A Wall for San Sebastian.

Reedy Press, LLC
PO Box 5131 | St. Louis, MO 63139
P: 1.866.809.9420 | F: 1.866.999.6916 |

Over half the photographs were taken specifically for this book and have never been seen before, and all of the rest have been digitally remastered at full resolution for print.


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  2. Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing it!

    I cannot tell you how often, after having moved here in 2000, I've heard that such-and-such a place used to be a seminary, or a convent, or a Catholic church. The wealth of Catholic architecture we have here is but a shadow, it seems, of what once was. I hope the book captures that; I know the photography will not disappoint.

  3. Congratulations! Will the book be available at the Cathedral gift shop? I think you could sell many copies there.

  4. Congratulations! Looking forward to viewing the book.

  5. What an exciting project! Thank you for making it possible.

  6. Congratulations! Good on you to put your gifts to such great use. Can't wait to see the book.