The Shrine of St. Joseph was built in 1843. The historic and beautiful Catholic church is located at the corner of North 11th Street and Biddle Street.
This church has a vast and interesting history, operated with limited Mass times. The Shrine celebrates Mass every Sunday, First Fridays, and also hosts weddings.
The Shrine of St. Joseph is a well-preserved church, the altar, and the ceiling are breathtaking. The pews are antique, old, heavy, and solid wood. The interior of this historic church is wonderful. Everything looks like it's made from marble, but it's actually faux-painted wood. It is considered one of the most beautiful churches in St. Louis. Go on a sunny day and enjoy the light coming through the windows.
After World War II, the church fell into a state of disrepair. The Archdiocese had planned to tear it down. However, a small group of men was then determined to try to save the church and nowadays always maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers who love St. Joseph's.
All of the work and funding of rehabbing comes from volunteers and visitors from around the world. The reason the church was saved is that a miracle was performed there, on March 16, 1864. It was chosen as one of the two required miracles in the canonization process of Peter Claver, who was canonized a Saint the following year. Thus, St. Josephs Church became the only church in St. Louis as a site of an authenticated miracle.
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