150th Anniversary Book available ...

"St. Mary's Parish, St. Benedict, Kansas: 1859 – 2009 – Faith Moves Us Forward" is available for purchase. This 8.5 x 11 hardcover publication describes the lives of early pioneer settlers, leads you through their struggles to establish St. Mary's Parish and then, to construct a church, and another and yet another and finally, in 1889 to 1893, to build one of the "8 Wonders of Art in Kansas" – beautiful St. Mary's Church. The book has 280 pages.

This book also contains photos of nearly all former pastors and other religious serving St. Mary's Parish. It describes the work of early parishioners, their struggles and triumphs. It describes the huge undertaking of the Restoration of the church interior in 1980-1983. It includes photographs of the many groups and committees who serve the parish today.

But what sets this book apart are the photos taken of present parishioners and their families. Some are at work in their yards or homes; others may be leaning up against a combine tire. Each family has a full page. Another section of the book features 16 pages of color photos of present St. Mary's Church. Words do not describe the beauty of St. Mary’s Church which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also a Kansas Historic Site.

What's the cost?
The cost is $47 each. The book is hard cover bound with a dust cover.

How to order?

To reserve copies, download and complete the "Book Reservation Form" and mail it to the address on the reverse side. Or, you may the rectory at 785.336.3174.

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