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CHURCH OF THE HOLY FAMILY - COLUMBUS, GEORGIA
N 32° 28.111 W 084° 59.290
16S E 689072 N 3594151
Quick Description: This is a two sided marker that stands in front of the Holy Family Church located in the 300 block of 12th Street in Columbus Georgia.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 8/24/2008 8:26:59 AM
Waymark Code: WM4H2A
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
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Long Description:
The Marker Reads as Follows:

CHURCH OF THE HOLY FAMILY

Side One:
This is the mother church of Roman Catholicism in this area, serving as the only Catholic Church in Columbus from 1880 to 1958. The first Catholic church, the Church of Sts. Philip and James, was built in 1835 on what is now Chapel Street on one of the original lots designated for churches when Columbus was founded in 1828. Early missionary efforts from Sts. Philip and James reached Decatur and Terminus (now Atlanta), Macon, Eufaula, and Apalachicola, Fla. Missionaries visited these stations by rail, riverboat, and oxcart or even by foot, quarterly or twice yearly. First resident pastor was Rev. James Graham.

Side Two:
The parish relocated to this site when the new church was dedicated May 12, 1880, and the name changed to The Church of The Holy Family. The Gothic-Byzantine structure was designed by architect Daniel Matthew Foley who was born in Dublin, Ireland. This church was built on property given by the Sisters of Mercy. The parish education building is located on the site where their convent and the school, St. Joseph’s Academy, stood from 1870 to 1964. This is the only downtown church with a grave located on its grounds. Rev. Michael Cullinan, a pastor of Sts. Philip and James, was buried here just east of the church’s main entrance.

This is one of several 100+ year old churches in a three or four block section of downtown Columbus.
Type of Marker: Highway

Date: 1992

Sponsor: Historic Chattahoochee Commission and members of the Holy Family Parish

Marker #: Not listed

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