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Basilica of Saint Paul, Daytona Beach

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The Basilica of St. Paul is a Minor Basilica of the Catholic Church located in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. It is also a parish church of the Diocese of Orlando.
The first Catholics that moved to Daytona Beach arrived in 1881. Mass was celebrated in private homes a couple of times a year by priests who traveled from DeLand. Daytona Beach became a mission of St. Teresa Church in Titusville in 1886. Mass was now celebrated every Sunday in either the opera house or the armory. The Rev. John F. O’Boyle became the first resident priest in Daytona Beach in 1895. He purchased property on South Palmetto and Myrtle Avenues and built a church in 1898. The Rev. William J. Mullally arrived in 1923 and made plans to build a school and a new church. The school, which opened in 1925, was the only Catholic school on Florida’s East Coast between St. Augustine and West Palm Beach at that time. He built the present church, which was completed in 1927. Construction costs totaled around $250,000. The cupola (dome) and cross on top of the building date from 2006. They replace the ones damaged in the hurricanes of 2004.
Pope Benedict XVI decreed on January 20, 2006 that St. Paul's church was elevated to the status of a minor basilica. It was solemnized by Bishop Thomas G. Wenski on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul that same year.
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  • The Basilica of St Paul is a historical Catholic church in the Daytona Beach area. It has an interesting background, and gorgeous Spanish influenced architecture. It's a very welcoming church for...  more »
  • This Beautiful old style church with high ceilings and marble had a wonderful Mass, We loved the Mass and the personable Homily.  more »
  • I love this church! It's a little far from where I live but I'd rather take the drive to go here because I just always feel so welcome whenever I'm here. 🙏🙏🙏
  • Saint Paul's is not just a church, it is a spiritual home for everyone. Everyone is always welcome, so come as you are. Our pastor and priests are spirit filled down to earth loving representatives of Christ. We are a vibrant spirit filled community who love Jesus and one another. Stop by and visit the Lord during the week and sit in His Presence. You will never be the same. I promise!

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