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Saint Joseph Catholic Church, San Antonio

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4.8/5 based on 260 reviews on the web
The St. Joseph Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic parish church in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio, located at 623 East Commerce Street in downtown San Antonio, Texas, United States. The Gothic Revival house of worship was the fourth Catholic parish in the city.The church is an example of what the Chinese describe as a nail house; when the church refused to sell to a property developer a large shopping mall was constructed around it.Parish historyThe church occupies the probable second site of the Missión San Antonio de Valero, before it was moved in 1724 to its present location. The cornerstone of the church was laid in 1868, and it was finally completed in 1871. It served a large and growing community of German immigrants. In the 1870s, Friar Henry Pfefferkorn, founder of the Liederkranz, painted the Annunciation and Assumption murals on the side altars. A steeple was added in 1898. Stained glass windows, imported from the Emil Frei Art Glass Factory in Munich, Germany, were installed in 1902.In 1944, Joske's department store offered to buy the church grounds in order to develop it commercially. Parishioners unanimously refused the offer to move from the site and so instead Joske's built around the three sides of the church, earning the church from locals the moniker "St. Joske's". A restoration was commenced in 1981. Today, the parish serves as home to a multicultural community and as a popular attraction for tourists. Spanish-language masses are held with mariachi music and the San Antonio Liederkranz sings once a month.
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  • I'm not Catholic but you don't have to be Catholic to really appreciate the history and beauty of this church. This is well worth the stop... 
  • This is a beautiful church that has been re-done a little which only made it more of a place to worship and visit. We had a memorial mass held for lost classmates and it was lovely. 
  • Beautiful active cathedral. The priest was engaged with parishioners and obviously apparent to us if we wanted - the church is clearly active and not just something to look at. Take a moment to visit,...  read more »
  • Deeply moving experience during weekday masses during our visit to San Antonio. A compassionate priest with a gentile spirit and a very loving heart. Amazing & memorable week for us!
  • Beautiful, loved it. Came from San Francisco to Austin Tx. I would come here again.
  • Amazing Church in Downtown San Antonio! The interior is beautiful and the priest's are friendly and willing to talk with tourists about the church and it's history.
  • I love this church & people that are regulars are so friendly. Father Mario is awesome. I feel so at peace here. ❤
  • Went to confession there and Father Mario was so compassionate, understanding and sincere. He knew I was hurting and made sure I knew I was completely forgiven. I am definitely going back he made me feel so much better both spiritually and emotionally.
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