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St. Vincent de Paul Church is serviced by clergy of the Society of St. Pius X,
a congregation of priests canonically established in 1970, 
by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre,

to celebrate the Latin Mass and sacraments.

 

Since 1980, the Tridentine Roman rite has been offered here exclusively. 

 

We acknowledge His Holiness Pope Francis
as Supreme Pontiff of the Church,
and we recognize His Excellency James V. Johnston, Jr. as the local Ordinary of the diocese.

 

A Short History of our Venerable Church

1887

 

At the invitation of Bishop Hogan the Vincentians found a city

parish and build an initial wooden church at 1715 Oak Street.

In 1895, the parish moves to a brick church at the northeast

corner of 31st and Flora.

 

1921

 

Maurice Carroll designs the new St. Vincent’s as “a true gothic

parish church”. The American Institute of Architects awards a

gold medal for his unique design.

 

1923

 

Famed sculptor, Joseph Conradi carves a 12-ton limestone

block in situ as Christ Crucified that faces The Paseo. Registered

with the Smithsonian Institute, it’s the city’s first and largest of its

kind.

 

1924

 

The new church is blessed by Bishop Lillis. It’s Kansas City’s first

church of reinforced concrete and a solid redwood ceiling. (the

English Cruck Truss design is unique for the United States)

 

1943

 

Three new marble altars are installed and blessed in the church

by Bishop Edwin O’Hara. The Miraculous Medal (Lady) Chapel

is designated the city’s official shrine to that devotion.

 

1975

 

After 88 years, the Vincentians depart and the diocese closes

St. Vincent’s. The SSPX starts St. Michael the Archangel

Mission for the Kansas City area. The Roman Mass is offered

first in homes, then a small church, and finally in a floral shop

basement.

 

1980

 

With the guidance and leadership of parishioners Al Walters

and Joe Zubeck the SSPX purchases St. Vincent’s Church.

Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre declares: “It’s magnificent! It’s a

cathedral!”

 

1981

 

Archbishop Lefebvre ordains several seminarians. On May

10, he blesses the church and gives First Communions and

Confirmations to many children. The events earn St. Vincent’s

the nickname of the “Archbishop’s Cathedral”.

 

1989

 

St. Vincent’s Academy is obtained and restored allowing classes

to begin in 1990.

 

1997

 

The former rectory is purchased. In 2014, after extensive

remodeling, the parish priests take residence.

 

2009

 

St. Vincent’s role as the SSPX’s “Episcopal church” is relived

during the December 30th priestly ordination of Fr. Benjamin

Campbell and the subdiaconate ordination of Fr. Jordan Fahnestock.

 

2012

 

St. Vincent’s historic church bell is blessed on July 19 by

District Superior, Fr. Arnaud Rostand, and named “Immaculate

Conception”. Dating from 1957, this bell is the second oldest in

Kansas City.

 

2014

 

St. Vincent’s begins a capital campaign toward the restoration

of its nearly 95 year old church.

"The Apostle of Charity"

 St. Vincent
de Paul 

St. Vincent was born of poor parents in the village of Pouy in Gascony, France, about 1580. He enjoyed his first schooling under the Franciscan Fathers at Acqs. His progress in four years had been so great that a gentleman chose him as sub-preceptor to his children, and he was thus enabled to continue his studies without being a burden to his parents. In 1596, he went to the University of Toulouse for theological studies, and there he was ordained priest in 1600.

In 1605, on a voyage by sea from Marseilles to Narbonne, he fell into the hands of African pirates and was carried as a slave to Tunis. His captivity lasted about two years, until Divine Providence enabled him to effect his escape. After a brief visit to Rome he returned to France, where he became preceptor in the family of Emmanuel de Gondy, Count of Goigny, and General of the galleys of France. In 1617, he began to preach missions, and in 1625, he lay the foundations of a congregation which afterward became theCongregation of the Mission or Lazarists, so named on account of the Prioryof St. Lazarus, which the Fathers began to occupy in 1633.

It would be impossible to enumerate all the works of this servant of God. Charity was his predominant virtue. It extended to all classes of persons, from forsaken childhood to old age.  The Sisters of Charity also owe the foundation of their congregation to St. Vincent.  In the midst of the most distracting occupations his soul was always intimately united with God.  Though honored by the great ones of the world, he remained deeply rooted in humility.  The Apostle of Charity, the immortal Vincent de Paul, breathed his last in Paris at the age of eighty. His feast day is September 27th.  He is the patron of charitable societies.

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