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St. Peter presents exhibit as part of the 175th anniversary celebration

By Elisa C. Marus


St. Peter Catholic Church is proud to announce that “A Cherished Legacy” will be on exhibit from Oct. 3 through Dec. 13 in the Parish Hall. The exhibition from its collection and archives is part of St. Peter’s year-long celebration of its 175th anniversary and will open with two receptions on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 4 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., both in the Parish Hall.

“A Cherished Legacy” features fine liturgical objects, original letters and documents, and ecclesiastical artifacts depicting the rich history of St. Peter, the oldest Roman Catholic Church in West Tennessee.

Among the many special items on view will be the portrait of St. Peter pastor, Father J.A. Kelly, OP, widely remembered as a hero of the yellow fever epidemics in Memphis 1873-1879; a ciborium marked “W. J. Feeley Co.,” one of the country’s most prominent jewelers and silversmiths during the late 1800s; and a sterling censer engraved “Offering of Sunday School Children, 1898.”

In addition, the Magevney House and St. Peter will be open for tours on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The first Catholic Mass was celebrated in the parlor of the adjacent Eugene Magevney House, the oldest house in Memphis. The church building itself dates to 1855 and is the design of noted Irish-American architect Patrick Charles Keely. A pioneer of the Gothic Revival style in the United States and Canada, Keely created over 600 churches during his lifetime. St. Peter features Keely’s signature octagonal, crenellated towers at the entrance and has stained-glass windows dating from 1899 designed by Franz Mayer and made in Munich, Germany.

All members of the community are invited to the historical tour and the exhibition which are free and open to the public. St. Peter continues to be a spiritual home for not only its current congregation, but the wider community who gathers for sacramental occasions, concerts and historical tours.

For more information on the tour and exhibition, contact Brenda Pryor at (901) 527-8282 or . For information on all the upcoming events for St. Peter’s 175th Anniversary, visit
Dec 07, 2018

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