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La Porte in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Saint Mary's Seminary

 
 
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By Jim Evans, January 7, 2012
1. Saint Mary's Seminary Marker
Inscription.  When the Rev. Nicholas Gallagher became third bishop of Galveston in 1882, most Roman Catholic priests in the Diocese were natives of other states or countries. Realizing the need for a diocesan seminary to train young Texans for the priesthood, Bishop Gallagher founded St. Mary's Seminary School for Boys. The school opened in the fall of 1901 with 30 grammar school-age boys and 6 seminarians.

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
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By Jim Evans, January 7, 2012
2. Saint Mary's Seminary Marker
continues to serve the members of St. Mary's parish in La Porte.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986

 
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10760.)
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 816 Park Drive, La Porte TX 77571, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. La Porte's Original Library (approx. mile away); The La Porte-Sylvan Beach Depot (approx. mile away); Sylvan Beach Pavilion (approx. 0.3 miles away); Five Points - The Hub of the City (approx. 0.8 miles away); La Porte (approx. 0.9 miles away); First City Hall and Jail (approx. 0.9 miles away); Besson Building (approx. one mile away); Gribble-Hofheinz House (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map 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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This is Galveston Bay, across the Street from Saint Mary's Seminary image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, January 7, 2012
3. This is Galveston Bay, across the Street from Saint Mary's Seminary
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 8, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 592 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 8, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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