St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church was the first Catholic congregation. It was established in 1804. St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church was built by French and Irish immigrants between 1811 and 1815. Increasing membership necessitated the building of new structures in 1831 and 1851. Fire destroyed the third building in 1859; that same year the congregation began constructing a fourth structure completed in 1868. It burned in 1897. The current Gothic Revival church here, noted for its twenty-eight stained glass windows from Munich, Germany, was designed by John Kevan Peebles and dedicated in 1905. In 1928, eleven murals were commissioned and adorn the front of the church over the main altar that is made of Italian marble and Mexican onyx.
The church was listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
A burial ground for early parishoners and clergy of St. Paul's Catholic Church was located on this site during the nineteenth century.
The St. Paul's Docent Guild provides Open House Tours and Special Group Tours to visitors. If you are interested in visiting St. Paul's, would like more information and/or would like to schedule a group tour, please contact Bill Ficenec at 757-483-6201.
In June 2013, by decree of Bishop DiLorenzo, St. Paul's Cemetery also known as Portsmouth Catholic Cemetery was renamed to All Saints Catholic Cemetery. It is located at 2701 Elm Avenue, Portsmouth, VA 23704.
GPS Coordinates: 36.83536, -76.30364
- Added: 2 Dec 2010
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2379722
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