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Welcome to Saint Anthony, Wichita Kansas
1214 E. 2nd St. Wichita, KS 67214. Phone: (316)269-4101
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  • Chúa Nhật 8/12/2018
  • Chúa Nhat 8/19/2018

 

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  • The new and improved website is up.  We still have a lot of work to do.  This will be an ongoing effort.  There likely will be mistakes, or typos.  If you have comments, suggestions or found mistakes or wrong information please contact Debbie.

 

  • Church Mailing Address:  Please do not use Google search for mailing address to the parish.  The Google map is the physical address of the Church itself and not the parish office.  Mail will be returned if you send to the parish using Google searched address.

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.

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Do you ever want to join the Catholic Church?  Learn the faith?  You are more than welcome to attend the mass.  

 

St. Anthony

Holy Day Of Obligation

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Thursday, November 1, 2018 All Saints' Day
Saturday, December 8, 2018 The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary
Tuesday, December 25, 2018 Christmas