St. Anthony Parish Church - Missoula, MT
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N 46° 51.704 W 114° 00.083
11T E 728552 N 5194165
Quick Description: The current St. Anthony church, established in 1921, was opened in 1963 and completed in 1964. It stands south of the Clark Fork River on Woodford Street, between Tremont and East Florence Streets.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 8/7/2014 1:31:37 PM
Waymark Code: WMM819
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
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Long Description:
The church is adorned with much artwork, both statuary and reliefs, and possesses a magnificent pipe organ, built in Austria, having 21 stops and 1,490 pipes. As well, it has 54 stained glass windows made in Chartres, France by Gabriel Loire. The church was renovated in 1982 and was rededicated by Bishop Elden F. Curtiss on January 16, 1983. Today the church seats 350 and seating can be expanded to accommodate 650 people.
St. Anthony Catholic Parish has a unique place in the history of Missoula dating back to 1921. That year, St. Francis Xavier was the only Catholic Church in Missoula. As the University of Montana and the population of Missoula grew, Bishop John P. Carroll realized a new Catholic parish was needed and so he sent Fr. John O’Kennedy to Missoula to pick a suitable site for an additional church.

On June 13th, the feast of St. Anthony of Padua, Fr. O’Kennedy chose city block #13 bounded by Edith, Woodford, Florence and Tremont streets for the location of a new church. Ground was broken in the fall of 1921 for a combination church and school building and a large house was purchased for a rectory and chapel. Fittingly, the new Missoula Catholic church was used for the first time at Midnight Mass on Christmas. In September of 1922, St. Anthony School opened on the second floor, staffed by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

In 1949 an addition was built onto the 1921 structure and became the new church. Later this space became a gymnasium for the school and was then turned into classrooms. The current St. Anthony’s church was completed in time to celebrate Mass on Christmas Day in 1963.

The current church structure was fully completed and dedicated in 1964 containing some truly marvelous architectural features and artwork from around the world that happily found their way to Missoula. Fifty-four beautiful, sculptured, stained glass windows that were made in Chartres, France by Gabriel Loire adorn the current church. Acclaimed Missoula artist, Walter Hook, created the large, cast concrete sculptures of the 12 apostles located on the exterior of the church. Hook also designed the 14 Stations of the Cross in ceramic sculpture, as well as statues of Mary and Joseph, also in ceramics, for the interior of the church. In 1965, a famed, Walcker Organ, built in Austria was dedicated in the church. This incredible organ contains 21 stops and 1,490 pipes and is still used on special occasions taking advantage of the outstanding acoustics in the church. This beautiful combination of local, and world art and music, provide a distinct and relaxing environment adding to the vibrancy of the church services and celebration of the liturgy.
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St. Anthony

Type of Church: Church

Status of Building: Actively in use for worship

Date of organization: 6/13/1921

Date of building construction: 1/1/1962

Dominant Architectural Style: Modern

Associated Shrines, Art, etc.: Many Sculptures and stained glass windows

Archdiocese: Archdiocese of Portland

Diocese: Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena

217 Tremont Street
Missoula, MT USA

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