St. Ann Catholic Church

St. Ann Catholic Church (HM1LYX)

Location: Bartlett, TN 38134 Shelby County
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N 35° 12.261', W 89° 50.725'

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On Christmas Eve 1949, parishioner John Maher buried a statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague on this site and hopeful Catholics from the area began fund-raising efforts to build the first Catholic church in Bartlett. Within one year the site was purchased for $5,000. While construction progressed, services were held in a store at what is now Stage Road and Court Street. The church building was dedicated on October 19, 1952. In recognition of a gift from Bishop William O'Brien, the church was named "St. Ann" in honor of his sister Anna O'Brien of Chicago, Illinois. It was built of red brick, in a vernacular style of the period.


In 1955 Father Leonnard Ogelsby was assigned as St. Ann's first full-time pastor. During his 26-year tenure, a kindergarten and an elementary school were opened and the small rural parish grew into one of the largest in West Tennessee. To accommodate growth, a new church building was erected in 1969 at which time the original church structure was converted into classrooms. In 2002, that building was renamed "The St. Joachim Chapel" and, following renovations, was returned to use for religious services. St. Joachim was so honored because he and St. Ann were the parents of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Placed BySt. Ann Catholic Church and the Shelby County Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, July 19th, 2015 at 2:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 240962 N 3899414
Decimal Degrees35.20435000, -89.84541667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 12.261', W 89° 50.725'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 12' 15.66" N, 89° 50' 43.5" W
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Area Code(s)731, 901
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2887-2899 Charles Bryan Rd, Bartlett TN 38134, US
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