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Glendive in Dawson County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Sacred Heart Church

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2020
1. Sacred Heart Church Marker
Inscription.  he Catholics of Glendive first organized at St. Juliana’s, a 100-seat church purchased from the Congregationalists in 1886. After nearly forty years, they had outgrown those quarters. In 1924, architect Brynjulf Rivenes of Miles City designed a new Catholic church, inspired by Early Italian Christian and Romanesque styles of architecture. The two-tiered façade has twin lower arches framing double paired doors and a single upper arch framing the large circular window. The attached square campanile tower, with hipped roof, was designed to house the 1,300-pound bell cast for the old church in 1889 by McShane of Baltimore. Local builder John Holm won the construction bid for $50,000, and Father Michael Webber laid the cornerstone on May 10, 1925. Skilled masons surfaced the entire building with tan brick from Hebron, North Dakota. Complex patterns of red and tan brick highlight the façade, side entries, and tower. On May 31, 1926, Bishop Mathias Lenihan dedicated the 500-seat church to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He personally donated the large window, which portrays the Sacred Heart of Jesus appearing to St. Margaret Mary and bears the bishop’s coat-of-arms
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2020
2. Sacred Heart Church and Marker
and motto, “Fides et Caritas” (Faith and Charity). The feast of the Sacred Heart is celebrated annually in June. This plaque was erected in 1996, the seventieth anniversary year.
 
Erected 1996 by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 47° 6.456′ N, 104° 42.868′ W. Marker is in Glendive, Montana, in Dawson County. Marker is on North Meade Avenue near West Benham Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 North Meade Avenue, Glendive MT 59330, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Methodist Episcopal Church and Parsonage (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charles Krug House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dawson County World War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); J.C. Penney Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); 107 West Bell Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dion Building / Exchange Bank (approx. ¼ mile away); Bell Street Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); Glendive, MT (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glendive.
 
Sacred Heart Church image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2020
3. Sacred Heart Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 28, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 34 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 28, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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