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Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church

 
 
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By Gregory Walker
1. Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church Marker
Inscription. Early German and Czech settlers in this area of Lavaca County attended Catholic worship services in private homes or at churches in Hallettsville or Moulton until 1890, when a new mission was established in Shiner by the Rev. John Anthony Forest. The new congregation was named for 9th-century Greek Missionaries Cyril and Methodius, who converted Slovakian-Moravian central Europeans to Christianity.

The members acquired two acres of land at this site in 1891, and a frame sanctuary was completed in May of that year. In February 1892 a tornado caused extensive damage to the original church structure, but it was rebuilt on a larger scale.

Designated a parish in 1912, the growing congregation soon needed larger facilities. This structure, designed by F. Wahrenburger, was built in 1920-21 by volunteer laborers led by the Rev. F.X. Wolf. An outstanding example of the Romanesque revival style of architecture, it features stained glass windows imported from Munich, Germany; cut stone detailing in the pinnacles and buttresses; an arcaded front portico; and a soaring, square tower with octagonal spire. Listed in the National Register of Historic places since 1983, it also features a magnificent painted interior.
 
Erected 1990 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4489.)
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By Gregory Walker
2. Location of Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church Marker

 
Location. 29° 25.423′ N, 97° 9.932′ W. Marker is in Shiner, Texas, in Lavaca County. Marker is on Saint Ludmila Street west of Avenue E (Alternate U.S. 90), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 424 St Ludmilla Street, Shiner TX 77984, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spoetzl Brewery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Kaspar Wire Works (approx. 0.9 miles away); Half Moon (approx. 2.1 miles away); Herder Half Moon Place (approx. 2.7 miles away); Cuero I Archeological District (approx. 11.4 miles away); Stagecoach Inn (approx. 11.9 miles away).
 
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By Gregory Walker
3. Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2016, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 26, 2016, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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