Saturday, July 12, 2008

St. Joseph Catholic Church, Pierz, MN

St. Joseph is another area parish founded by Fr. Francis Xavier Pierz (the town bears his name) and is rich in history as well. I won't go into that history too much here, as I have a whole book Pierzana II by Robert Voigt to read about the subject!

Both architecturally and artistically, this is an interesting building. This is the only church I've ever seen that has wood floors throughout the entire space.

Note the images of (I think) Popes Pius XI and Pius XII painted on the high altar.

Another window of my patron, St. Isidore the Farmer.

This is the first time I've seen a window of the Annunciation that involves Joseph.

A Wicks pipe organ is found in the loft beneath a stained glass skylight - another feature that I've only seen in this church.

The exterior sports some very intricate brickwork. Benedictine crosses line the sidewalls, clearly marking this church as Benedictine territory!

And the bell tower proudly states that this church was built in 1888.

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