Considering how small the population of Memphis was in the 1860s, before the Civil War, there are a remarkable number of ... More
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Considering how small the population of Memphis was in the 1860s, before the Civil War, there are a remarkable number of existing churches that date from the time. Memphis was not ravaged by the war, as were many other southern towns. So the charming St. Mary's, with its Gothic tower, survived to be completed shortly after the war. The interior of the church, built by German immigrants, features statues, stained glass, an elaborately carved altar and a lovely side chapel and garden. Weekday visitors should knock at the church office door for admittance.
an absolutely beautiful church, the priest makes a traveler feel welcomed. besides the interior is beautiful, built by german immigrants in the 1800s, if you are in memphis and staying nearby, try to attend mass there, it is great.
St. Marys Church was absolutely breathtaking along with Fr. Eric's sermon. He is the kind of priest that his sermons hold your interest and you want to hear more. He definitely has a special gift from God. Also, the parishoners are very cordial and make you feel at home. This Church and Mass should be top priority on your list when you visit Memphis. We stayed at the Wyndham and just had to walk across the street to Mass - how convenient.
P.S. I wish Fr. Eric could come to Jeffersville, IN to our parish. If so, I certainly would get more out of Mass. What a Special Gift he is.
I was born in Memphis and moved to Vegas in my teenage years. When visiting Memphis again it was so good inside to visit the solid and beautiful St. Marys. In the values of life there needs to be solidness, beauty and ...something solid like St. Marys. You can almost see the people from the 1800's the Civil War and more in the pews, the artwork, the traditions inside. I loved it! Pax Vobiscum!
Don, in Vegas, missing Memphis.
While visiting from out of town, I was very pleasantly surprised and moved by the incredible beauty and hospitality of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Memphis.
Every visitor to this city should make a point of seeing this treasure. Likewise, the pastor, Fr. Eric, and his parishoners really go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Fr. Eric gave one of the best sermons I have ever heard! Do yourself a favor and see this gem of a church.
Visiting St. Mary's only adds to the "Memphis" experience. The history and heritage are evident, and there is no shortage of Southern hospitality either! From the beginning, when all are asked to shake hands with someone they don't know until the end when those from out of town are invited to tell where they are from, everyone is made to feel welcome and right at home.
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