Saint Francis de Hieronymo Catholic Church - St. Paul, Kansas
The square tower of Saint Francis de Hieronymo Catholic Church is visible for miles as you approached St. Paul, Kansas. The handsome stone church was completed in 1884, but the parish is much older, predating the community of St. Paul. It took 12 years to construct the church from native sandstone quarried near St. Paul.
In 1847, Saint Francis de Hieronymo Catholic Church was the third Catholic parish established in Kansas and the first congregation in what is now the Diocese of Wichita. St. Francis was first established as an Osage Mission.
The beautiful Romanesque Revival building has five altars and is nearly large enough to accommodate the entire population of St. Paul at one time. The grounds are lovely, with gardens, several statues, a stone bell tower and a walkway with the stations of the cross. There are three bells in the steeple and they are rung every 30 minutes.
The main bell tower was replaced in 2005, after it broke off above the roof line in heavy winds.
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