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Saint Alphonsus Church, Baltimore

#13 of 19 in Historic Sites in Baltimore
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St. Alphonsus Church, Rectory, Convent and Halle, also known as St. John Neumann Shrine and "Baltimore's Powerhouse of Prayer," is an historic Roman Catholic church complex located within the Archdiocese of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland, United States.
The church is based on the design of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna and follows a basilica floorplan. The structure is constructed of red brick with limestone accents in the Gothic Revival style. The nave reaches a height of 50ft and the ornate steeple rises 210ft above the three-level bell tower. A 12ft gold cross caps the steeple.
The Halle is a -story brick structure also in the Gothic Revival style opposite the church across Saratoga Street. It features a center entrance housed in projecting square bay topped by a gable. The adjacent three-story convent and the four-story rectory simple Georgian townhouses of brick. The complex was constructed between 1842 and 1845 and was the first major design by noted Baltimore architect Robert Cary Long, Jr.. From its founding until 1917, the parish was overseen by the Redemptorist Fathers whose members came to Baltimore to minister to the growing German immigrant community. John Neumann was one of the early pastors of St. Alphonsus prior to becoming Bishop of Philadelphia in 1852. He was canonized June 19, 1977. Neumann's assistant pastor, Francis Xavier Seelos, served as pastor after his departure and later worked in areas from Connecticut to Illinois and New Orleans. Seelos was beatified on April 9, 2000.
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  • This historic Catholic Church is located in the heart of Baltimore. Entering the Church you are taken by the beauty of the interior from the magnificant main altar piece to the life size statues of.....  more »
  • Have gone since I was a child. Always light a candle to St Rita. She has granted all my prayers. Now she has an extra special to work on for me. Please work on this for me I Pray.  more »
  • Please don’t take this the wrong way. I was called out by the priest for my children being inappropriately dressed for daily Mass, and I want to save anyone else the embarrassment. I can truly say I was ignorant about certain aspects of the Latin Mass before making a last minute decision to bring my six kids (oldest was 13) to a Friday Mass. So my advice: 1) you are not expected to follow along and give responses during Mass like NO, 2) long pants on all ages of boys and skirt or dress if you’re a woman, 3) coach your children on how to take Communion on the tongue, even if you think they know how, 4) bring a scarf or veil as covering. If you’re like me and find it hard to find matching shoes for all the kids before you get out the door, you may find going from the NO Mass to Latin Mass with six kids overwhelming. Perhaps go by yourself first so you can feel comfortable. That’s what I wish I had done. God bless! I hope to make it back by myself someday, but right now it’s too stressful to think about taking the kids again.
  • A true power House of prayer. Immediately upon entering, you can feel the holiness of our Lord. We moved away 3 years ago and I cried to have to leave this church. I love that the traditions have been kept. Breath-takingly beautiful. Tenebrae service is unlike any other.

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