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St. Patrick's Parish celebrates sesquicentennial

The parish is the third oldest in St. Joseph and known for its diverse Irish-Hispanic congregation.

Posted: Dec 8, 2019 1:41 PM
Updated: Dec 8, 2019 1:41 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) St. Patrick's parish celebrated it's sesquicentennial Saturday. 

The parish, founded in 1869, is the third oldest catholic parish in the city and is known for its diverse Irish-Hispanic congregation.

At the time of its founding, the parish had a significant Irish population, nearly a century later the Holy Rosary parish, a predominantly Hispanic parish joined St. Patrick's after the closure of its church in 1960 according to the parish. 

A special anniversary mass was held at St. Patrick's Church located on S. 12th St. led by the bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

The bishop called the milestone "remarkable" and praised the church's diversity. 

"When you have people from different diverse backgrounds coming together, it really is a beautiful manifestation of what the church is supposed to be." James Johnston, Bishop, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph said.  

Today, the St. Patrick's Parish is made up of around 300 families according to the parish.  

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