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San Patricio in San Patricio County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Saint Patrick's Catholic Church

 
 
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By Michael Heinich, August 31, 2014
1. Saint Patrick's Catholic Church Marker
Inscription. Empresarios John McMullen and James McGloin brought Irish Catholic immigrant families to Texas about 1829 to form a new colony, San Patricio de Hibernia. Under the direction of the Rev. Henry Doyle, the colonists established Saint Patrick's Catholic Church about 1830. A fire in 1858 destroyed the original frame church building and all church records. The Rt. Rev. Jean Marie Odin, first Bishop of Texas, dedicated a replacement church building about 1859.

Local citizens built a two-and-one-half story building for a convent and school on the grounds of Saint Patrick's Church. After an 1875 hurricane destroyed facilities at Indianola, nuns from the order of Sisters of Mercy relocated in San Patricio and operated Saint Joseph's convent and school from 1876 until 1884.

After a 1919 hurricane completely demolished the church facilities, the congregation rebuilt in 1922. A need for a larger facility led the congregation to build a fourth structure in 1961. Through the years Saint Patrick's Catholic Church has served the community with Sunday Mass and the sacraments and missions given by visiting priests.
 
Erected 1992 by Texas Historical Commisison. (Marker Number 4476.)
 
Location. 27° 57.292′ N, 97° 
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By Michael Heinich, August 31, 2014
2. Saint Patrick's Catholic Church Marker
46.315′ W. Marker is in San Patricio, Texas, in San Patricio County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Route 666) and Magnolia Street (County Route 60), on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mathis TX 78368, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Dougherty House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Education in San Patricio (about 400 feet away); San Patricio de Hibernia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Odem Area Schools (approx. 11.5 miles away); White Point / Rosita (approx. 11.5 miles away); Meansville and Kaleta (approx. 11.5 miles away).
 
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Saint Patrick's Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Michael Heinich, August 31, 2014
3. Saint Patrick's Catholic Church
Virgin Mary shrine at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Michael Heinich, August 31, 2014
4. Virgin Mary shrine at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 27, 2014, by Michael Heinich of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 252 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 27, 2014, by Michael Heinich of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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