Closed Parishes

Closed Parishes

Most Holy Trinity

Date Opened: 
1898
Date Closed: 
1982

(Most) Holy Trinity parish was begun in 1898. Slovakian Catholics immigrated to the United States in large numbers at the turn of the century because of the unrest in Europe. Settling in the Soulard area of St. Louis, they initially worshipped with the Bohemian Catholics at St. John Nepomuk. Eventually, seeking their own worship space they acquired the former Baptist church at 1145 Park Avenue. In 1924 needing to acquire a new site they purchased the St. Paul's Evangelical Church near 9th and Soulard. In 1992, due to decline in Catholic population, the church building was sold and the worship community rejoined the Catholics at St. John Nepomuk.

Address: 
9th and Soulard
Saint Louis, MO

St. Kevin-St. Louis

Date Opened: 
1876
Date Closed: 
1904

 

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St. Kevin Church, at Park and Cardinal Avenue, was built in 1876. It was dedicated to the patron saint of Dublin. An accompanying school was built at the same time. In 1904 it was decided to build a larger church to meet the needs of the growing number of parishioners. This would be located at the corner of Lafayette and Longfellow. Since the United States had been dedicated to Mary under her title as the Immaculate Conception, it was decided to name the new edifice Immaculate Conception/St. Kevin. The old St. Kevin's church building was then given to the use of the parish school. The school was served by the Sisters of Loretto. Gradually the parish became simply known as Immaculate Conception.

 Parish area:

Address: 
Park and Cardinal Avenue
St. Louis, MO

Immaculate Conception - 8th & Chestnut

Date Opened: 
1854
Date Closed: 
1901

 

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Immaculate Conception Church in south St Louis was established in 1854 at 8th and Chestnut. It was designed by John Mitchell.  By 1872 it closed due to the damage and danger caused by the tunnels beneath it. It was re-established at Jefferson and Lucas in 1874 only to be closed by Archbishop Kain in 1902.

Address: 
N 8th St & Chestnut St
St Louis, MO 63101

Immaculate Conception - St. Louis

Date Opened: 
1908
Date Closed: 
1977

Immaculate Conception Church in south St Louis, as it were, traveled a lot. Three separate churches enjoyed the title over a period of well over 100 years. The original parish was build in 1854 at 8th and Chestnut. By 1872 it closed due to the damage and danger caused by the tunnels beneath it. It was re-established at Jefferson and Lucas in 1874 only to be suppressed by Archbishop Kain in 1902. Its final presence was at Lafayette and Longfellow, taking possession of what had been St. Kevin (1908). In 1977 St Henry’s Church merged with the (once again) Church of the Immaculate Conception staffed by the Augustinian Fathers. Due to the decline in Catholic population, the parish was closed in 2005. It was purchased as a concert hall by the Compton Heights Band.

Address: 
Lafayette & Longfellow Pl.
St Louis, MO 63104

Nativity BVM - Belgique

Date Opened: 
1884
Date Closed: 
1992

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Belgique (Perry County), was founded in 1884. In 1885 the first church building was erected. In 1893 a new church was built and the older building was then used as the school. In 1963 the pastor at Belgique was assigned to administer to the Catholics at Claryville and Sereno parishes. In 1966 Belgique and Sereno were made missions of the Vincentian priests at Perryville. In 1992 Nativity was closed and its parishioners invited to join the faith community at Our Lady of Victory (Sereno).

Parish area

Address: 
Belgique / Perryville
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