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St. Louis, MO

St. Vincent de Paul Parish

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St. Vincent de Paul Parish Church in 1875


A Brief History of St. Vincent de Paul Parish (written in 1875)

"St Vincent's Church
is situated on the corner of Ninth Street and Park Avenue. It is a massive brick edifice of the Roman style of architecture, and never fails to attract the attention of the passing stranger. It is 64 feet by 150, the transept being 180 feet. In the centre of the roof is a vast cupula, handsomely decorated with life-size pictures of the four evangelists. The artist has also paid some attention to the sanctuary, which is beautifully frescoed. The corner stone of this church was laid in 1843 - a year fruitful in church buildings - and it was consecrated in 1845. The first parish priest was the Rev. John Simon, late bishop of Buffalo, New York, who is looked upon as the founder of the parish. The church building cost $30,000. The priests who preside over this parish are all members of the Congregational Mission, established 200 years ago by St. Vincent de Paul. It has ever remained under their supervision. The superior of the community in St. Louis is Rev. Thomas Burke. Father Hennessy is pastor to the English portion of the congregation, and Father Uhland of the Germans.

St. Vincent's Parish Schools are German and English in their character, and in a most flourishing condition. Under the direction of the Fathers of St. Vincent de Paul, they have always been advancing. The boys' school is a handsome three-story brick, on the corner of Ninth and Park Avenue, built in 1859, and contains 500 boys, and is under the direciton of the Christian Brothers. The girls' parochial school is on the corner of Eighth and Marion Streets. It is a two-story brick, with a basement. This school is conducted by the sisters of St. Joseph, who reside in the building. German and English are taught in both schools. "

This brief history was a direct quote from page 122 of Pictorial St. Louis 1875 which was originally published by Camille N. Dry in 1875 and reprinted by McGraw-Young Publishing in 1997. The illustration above of the parish church came from the same book, plate 26.
Pictorial St Louis can also be viewed online

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St. Vincent de Paul Parish Records

St. Vincent de Paul Parish records on microfilm
are available at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters* and include:

baptisms starting in 1844
marriages starting in 1844
deaths starting in 1845.

Iinformation about parish records on microfilm at the St. Louis County Library can be found in the book Guide to St. Louis Catholic Archdiocesan Parish Records compiled by Christine Human Hughes and published in 2001 by Friends of the St. Louis County Library. Copies are for sale at the library in the Special Collections department. (St. Vincent de Paul parish is on p.304 of this book.) 

*I've been told that St. Louis parish records are also available on microfilm at the archdiocesan archives at Kenrick Seminary and through  LDS Family History Centers.

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