Details for Site of Old St. Mary's (Atlas Number 5029003818)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5029003818


Marker Number 3818
Atlas Number 5029003818
Marker Title Site of Old St. Mary's
Index Entry St. Mary's, Old, Site of
Address 115 St. Mary's
City San Antonio
County Bexar
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 549344
UTM Northing 3255251
Subject Codes educational topics; Roman Catholic denomination
Marker Year 1969
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location corner of St.Mary's and College, San Antonio
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text After the Texas War for Independence, numerous immigrants, notably from Ireland, German, and the Eastern United States, arrived in San Antonio. The need to minister to these non-Hispanic Catholics prompted the Rt. Rev. John M. Odin, First Bishop of Galveston, to establish a separate church for them. In 1852 land at this site was purchased fromt he heirs of Ambrocio Rodriguez, a veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto. In 1855 Bishop Odin autorized a building project, undertaken by the Rev. J.M. Dubuis, who became first pastor of St. Mary's Parish and later second Bishop of Galveston. A stately Gothic church building was constructed and opene for worship in mid-1857, serving both English and German-speaking congregations. (In 1869 St.Joseph's Church assumed the ministry for the German Catholics.) On July 1, 1884, the oblates of Mary Immaculate accepted responsiblity for St. Mary's, with the Rev. Richard J. Maloney as first oblate Pastor. The old church building was also the site of a seminary, an eary free Parochial School, the publication of a major Catholic newspaper, and the founding of the St. Vincent De Paul Society. The 1921 flood irreparable damaged the church building. This Neo-Romanesque structure was dedicated in 1924.