Saint John Evangelist Catholic Church, Indianapolis

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Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic parish of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. The parish’s origins date to 1837, when it was first named Holy Cross parish. In 1850 it was renamed Saint John the Evangelist parish, and is the oldest Catholic parish in the city and in Marion County, Indiana. Considered the mother of the Catholic parishes in Indianapolis, it played an important role in development of the Catholic Church in the city. Saint John's Church served as the pro-cathedral of the diocese from 1878 until 1906; its rectory served as the bishop's residence and chancery from 1878 until 1892. In 1900 the church served as the site of first episcopal consecration held in Indianapolis.
Although many considered Saint John's a diocesan cathedral, it was never officially named as such. Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral remained the official cathedral and Vincennes, Indiana, as the see city for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Vincennes, Indiana, until March 28, 1898, when the episcopal see was transferred to Indianapolis and became the Diocese of Indianapolis. Diocesan functions continued to be held at Saint John's until Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral was built in 1906. Saint John's rectory continued to house the diocesan chancery until 1968, and served as the metropolitan tribunal for the diocese until 1982. Saint John's Church and rectory were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Make Saint John Evangelist Catholic Church a centerpiece of your Indianapolis vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Indianapolis online trip itinerary planner.
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  • Shout out to Father Rick for making this a welcoming community. Best Catholic church I have attend since I was a tyke 
    Shout out to Father Rick for making this a welcoming community. Best Catholic church I have attend since I was a tyke  more »
  • We had such a good visit here to hear our daughter sing in her choir. We were very welcomed by members. The church will have you looking around constantly at how beautiful it is inside. You really... 
    We had such a good visit here to hear our daughter sing in her choir. We were very welcomed by members. The church will have you looking around constantly at how beautiful it is inside. You really...  more »
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  • My sister was married here last year and it was a wonderful experience. I was married in another Catholic church in the city and I know for a fact St Johns was less of a hassle. My sister had no issues with any scheduling and the church staff was very helpful throughout the whole process.
  • Photographing a nuptial wedding mass at St. John the Evangelist is always a highlight of the wedding day. It was a great honor to photograph in such an incredible church and we look forward to capturing the sacrament for even more couples in the future! Thank you for having us!

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