La Porte in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Saint Mary's Seminary
St. Mary's Seminary was located at this site in La Porte's Sylvan Beach Hotel, once a majestic resort center, which had been heavily damaged in the 1900 hurricane. Over the years, increased enrollment necessitated the construction of additional facilities. Under the leadership of the Rev. James Kirwin, who served as president from 1911 until his death in 1926, St. Mary's became nationally known for its academic excellence. In 1926, the seminary was awarded university status, with the right to confer academic degrees. Many of its alumni, including more than 6 who became bishops, have served as prominent church leaders.
In 1954, the school relocated to Houston and eventually merged with St. Thomas University in that city. The chapel continues to serve the members of St. Mary's parish in La Porte.
Erected 1986 by Texas
Location. 29° 39.352′ N, 95° 0.598′ W. Marker is in La Porte, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on North Bayshore Drive 0.1 miles north of North Circle Drive, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 816 Park Drive, La Porte TX 77571, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. La Porte (approx. 0.9 miles away); First City Hall and Jail (approx. 0.9 miles away); Gribble-Hofheinz House (approx. one mile away); John A. Grimes Memorial Park (approx. 1.1 miles away); New Washington (approx. 1.1 miles away); Col. James Morgan (approx. 1.1 miles away); Governor Ross Sterling Mansion (approx. 1.3 miles away); Bay Ridge / Morgan's Point (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in La Porte.
Also see . . .
1. Saint Mary's Seminary. The Handbook of Texas (Submitted on January 8, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
2. History of St. Marys Church. St Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (Submitted on January 8, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
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