Church of St. Joseph-Catholic (St. Joseph, Minnesota)

Church of St. Joseph--Catholic

The Church of St. Joseph from the northwest
Location Minnesota St. and College Ave., St. Joseph, Minnesota
Coordinates 45°33′51″N 94°19′5″W / 45.56417°N 94.31806°W / 45.56417; -94.31806Coordinates: 45°33′51″N 94°19′5″W / 45.56417°N 94.31806°W / 45.56417; -94.31806
Area less than one acre
Built 1869 (1869)
Architectural style Gothic Revival
MPS Ethnic Hamlet Churches-Stearns County Catholic Settlement Churches TR
NRHP Reference # 82003057[1]
Added to NRHP April 15, 1982

The Church of St. Joseph-Catholic is a historic Roman Catholic church building at Minnesota Street and College Avenue in St. Joseph, Minnesota, United States. The first Mass in the community was celebrated by Francis Xavier Pierz on October 22, 1854, when the town was still named Clinton. The first church building was completed a year later, and a small log school building was attached in 1860. The parish decided to build a more spacious building, measuring 66 feet (20 m) by 150 feet (46 m), with the lower half consisting of native fieldstones and the upper half of granite brick from a nearby quarry. Construction began in 1869, and on June 29, 1871, Bishop Thomas Grace consecrated the building. This was the first consecrated church in Minnesota, being made of permanent materials.[2] It was added to the National Register in 1982.


  1. National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. "Church of Saint Joseph: Parish History". Retrieved 2013-01-24.

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