St. Michael's Catholic Church

St. Michael's Catholic Church (HMNTH)

Location: Florence, AL 35634 Lauderdale County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 52.486', W 87° 37.567'

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In 1872, Catholics of German ancestry settled on the former Wilson Plantation and established the town of St. Florian. St. Michael's Church was built south of the road, moved to the present site in 1878, and replaced the present building in 1916. The stained-glass windows, ordered from Munich, Bavaria, weren't installed until the 1920's. The rectory was built in 1872, burned and was rebuilt in 1934. The first pastor, Fr. Michael Merz, a German priest, died in 1876. He was replaced by Fr. Gabriel Guester, O.S.B. from Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Benedictine priest have served the parish since that time.
Placed ByFlorence Historical Board
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Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 6:54am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 442778 N 3859334
Decimal Degrees34.87476667, -87.62611667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 52.486', W 87° 37.567'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 52' 29.16" N, 87° 37' 34.02" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2753-2799 Co Rd 30, Florence AL 35634, US
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