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. Using our international travel planner, Baltimore attractions like Saint Alphonsus Church can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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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
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.
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 »
I attended mass here a few years ago and it was amazing. I want to get back down there asap, but Im afraid of driving in downtown traffic. The mass I attended at Saint Alphonsus was the most reverent, holy, beautiful form of worship that I ever experienced. I was blown away. I hunger and thirst for this beautiful God, centered worship.
Pray for this Parish to continue on in strength. It is by far one of the best churches I have ever been to. I draw so much spiritual strength from all of the kind parishioners, the priest’s homilies, the reverence of the Latin Mass, the BEST confessors I have ever had. Not to mention, the church itself is stunning too. What a holy play.
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