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Near Spink in Union County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

St. Mary's Catholic Church

Garryowen, South Dakota

 
 
St. Mary's Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, March 29, 2016
1. St. Mary's Catholic Church Marker
Inscription.
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The first parish in Garryowen was organized in 1879. St. Mary's Church and cemetery were located together on five acres of land donated by Patrick Mahan. The church eventually became too small for a growing community and a larger one was constructed in 1904. In 1924, this church was destroyed by fire. A third church was built in 1925 across the road from the cemetery on land donated by Tom O'Connor.
The people of Garryowen supported this parish until the diocese of Sioux Falls closed St. Mary's Church in 1993. We have come here to Garryowen to rest in land that shaped and sanctified our lives. Whether our days were as tender as the first yellow roses of spring or as harsh as Dakota's winter wind, we loved and were loved. Our lives meant something to someone, Share our stories, pray for us on our journey to Resurrection, and until we meet again, may God hold you safely in universal hands of love.

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This monument is dedicated to the people of Garryowen, living and deceased, whose love and generosity supported St. Mary's Church for countless decades. May all who have been touch by the holy and lovely place continue to spread the faith given birth in the community of Garryowen.

 
Erected 2007 by The Garryowen
St. Mary's Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, March 29, 2016
2. St. Mary's Catholic Church Marker
Cemetery Association.
 
Location. 42° 51.119′ N, 96° 47.274′ W. Marker is near Spink, South Dakota, in Union County. Marker is on State Highway 48 0.1 miles west of 471st Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elk Point SD 57025, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Homestead Rest Area (approx. 4.6 miles away); The Great Missouri River (approx. 4.7 miles away); First Rural Electric Cooperative (approx. 5 miles away); Bruyer Church (approx. 5.5 miles away); Giants in the Earth Country (approx. 7.3 miles away); St. Paul Lutheran Church (approx. 8.1 miles away); Fort Brule (approx. 8.5 miles away); Lewis and Clark Visit Spirit Mound (approx. 8.6 miles away).
 
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Long View of St. Mary's Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, March 29, 2016
3. Long View of St. Mary's Catholic Church Marker
St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, March 29, 2016
4. St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 139 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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