PARISH COMMUNITIES
English Mass Community
Latin Mass Community
Vietnamese Mass Community

Mass Schedule
Weekdays
12:05 pm

Saturdays
English 4:00 pm
Vietnamese 5:30 pm

Sundays
Latin: 1:00 PM
English 9:30 am
Vietnamese 11:00 am

Holy Days
Latin 8:00 PM
English 12 noon
Vietnamese 6:30 pm

Pastor
Fr Hung Quoc Pham

St. Anthony Parish Commemorative Book,

125th years of history 60 pages of photos and commentary Countless stories of our Catholic heritage.

Order your copy today by mailing your check for $15 (includes tax) to: St. Anthony Parish Commemorative Book 325 N. Ohio Wichita, KS 67214 For questions, contact Camilla Hartman at camillawichita@aol.com

 

The origins of St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church
The bustling boom times of the post-Civil War era, the appeal of cheap land, and the promise of a better life attracted a number of families of German descent to the Wichita area. Dedicated to their faith, these German-Americans were unable to participate in local Masses where scripture readings and sermons were not in their native language. Therefore, in 1886, Bishop Louis Marie Fink, Bishop of Kansas, decided that the German-speaking Catholics would have their own Church with German-speaking priests.

In 1886 the northeast corner of 2nd Street and Ohio Avenue was a cornfield owned by “Buffalo Bill” Mathewson. This became the site of the new parish, named St. Boniface after the 8th Century Missionary to the German tribes. In 1887, a wooden frontier Church was built on that corner, and in 1890, German-speaking Franciscans arrived to take charge of this German Parish. The Franciscans staffed the parish until 1988.

The parish family rapidly outgrew its wooden church. In 1902 work began on a new brick structure designed by the Cincinnati architect, Louis Piket. The new Church would be named after St. Anthony of Padua, a 13th century Franciscan Saint. When work began of the new Church, the parish had raised $2,650 for that purpose. The actual building of the church took until 1905 to complete. Based on photos and artist's signing, the decoration of the interior was completed in 1909. The recent restoration completed in 2005 was based on those remaining photos.