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St. Michael's Catholic Church - St. Florian, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hummerstation
N 34° 52.491 W 087° 37.569
16S E 442775 N 3859343
Quick Description: Catholics of German ancestry from the Wilson Plantation established St. Michael's Church in the early 1870s.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 10/14/2013 3:46:22 PM
Waymark Code: WMJ9G3
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
Views: 1

Long Description:
The St. Michael's Catholic Church historical marker is a Florence Historical Board metal marker. It is located in front of the church on Church Road (County Road 30). The marker was placed by the Florence Historical Board.
Marker Name: St. Michael's Catholic Church

Marker Type: Urban

Addtional Information::
Marker text: In 1872, Catholics of German ancestry settled on the former Wilson Plantation and established the town of St. Florian. St. Michael's Church was built south of the road, moved to the present site in 1878, and replaced the present building in 1916. The stained-glass windows, ordered from Munich, Bavaria, weren't installed until the 1920's. The rectory was built in 1872, burned and was rebuilt in 1934. The first pastor, Fr. Michael Merz, a German priest, died in 1876. He was replaced by Fr. Gabriel Guester, O.S.B. from Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Benedictine priests have served the parish since that time.


Date Dedicated / Placed: Unknown

Marker Number: None

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