Tuesday, November 27, 2007

San Antonio Downtown: St Joseph Church

The biggest cultural influence in Texas after the Hispanic and the Scots Irish via the US South were the German Immigrants. The geography was mostly named when they arrived, so there are very few places with a German name. However they were an essential part of the many communities.

St Joseph Church San Antonio

This is St Joseph German Church in downtown San Antonio. Construction was started 1n 1866 and finished in 1878. Now it is surrounded on three sides by a department store that was built around it. Like many down town parishes it serves not just the local community but the workers, and visitors to the down town area.

St Joseph San Antonio Altar

It was a German language parish for many years switching to English only as the membership assimilated. The names of the Stations of the Cross, set in the wall, are in German with English subtitles. But these days the notices on the bulletin board are in English and Spanish.

St Joseph Parish (Downtown)


louielouie said...

.....in other words, this is a real church, as opposed to the protestant churches that catholics of today build.

hank_F_M said...

That's right

El Jefe Maximo said...

I have not seen this church, but the German influence is most pronounced on the part of Texas just northeast of San Antonio, towards Austin, and over to the northwest, towards Kerrville. In the 1861-65 period, German Texas was the center of real, but often overstated, pro-Union sentiment in the State.

hank_F_M said...

El Jefe

Thank you for the info.

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