The history surrounding St Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church begins in 1866 with the arrival of the first Polish immigrants.
The early settlers referred to the community as "Little Rome of Texas".
Quoting from the church history: "It has always seemed providential to its parishioners that the site of St Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church is built upon seven hills, the same number of hills upon which ancient Rome, the site of the Holy See, is built".
120 loads of crushed granite rocks, for the foundation, was donated by Grimes County Judge Thomas Buffington, whose father had brought the first Polish family to Grimes County.
The Romanesque-style church was completed in 1917, replacing a wooden structure. It was the first brick catholic edifice in Grimes County, Texas, built at a cost of $40,000.
The dedication sermon was given in Polish. Over 1,500 people were in attendance.
Today, the stained glass windows alone, are valued over $208,000.
In 2008, 325 families remain members, residing in several surrounding communities.
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hey there friend. you made it - so glad you did. i love the steps leading up to those gorgeous doors. nice one indeed!! have a lovely Easter. have a great week too! ( :ReplyDelete
Thanks, Beth....I'm glad I wrote about this church....I failed to say the town is located on seven hills...I'll probably do a post on the Courthouse that is located on one of the hills. It is a tiny town and I love driving through it.ReplyDelete
What a beautiful church.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Michelle....it's an interesting little town. I plan to stop again, and photograph more of the town.Delete
The church is stunning Meggie. Dont you just love stained glass windows, such exquisite work.ReplyDelete
Hi Anne....yes, I do love the stained glass windows. I once tried a class in the art of making them. It's very rewarding when you complete even a "small project".Delete
Beautiful church. Those windows are amazing.ReplyDelete
Hello Rose....we are so lucky to have so many churches, in this area, with the original windows. Thank you for your comment.Delete
Beautiful church. Thanks for sharing some history about it in InSPIREd Sunday. I am late in catching up on the posts from last week.ReplyDelete