St. Francis Borgia parish 175th anniversary mass and festivalAdd to Lightbox Download
Marc Houseman of the Washington Historical Society took parishoners from St. Francis Borgia parish on a hay ride around the old town of Washington as he explained the history of the church in Missouri. Houseman told his listeners that the Parish is actually offically older than the town. The parish began with 12 German families who after a month crossing the Atlantic Ocean to New Orleans and then many more weeks coming up the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers settled on the banks of what is now the town of Washington. The families asked for a priest to come and celebrate mass for them from St. Charles and finally built the first church of St. Francis Borgia. The parish was originally staffed by Jesuits who considered it their biggest mission in the area. Later the Franciscans took charge and the School Sisters of Notre Dame are celebrating their 150th year in the Parish.
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