Saint John Evangelist Catholic Church, Indianapolis

#4 of 10 in Historic Sites in 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.
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  • 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 »
  • What a lovely jewel of a church. The experience was amazing and the homily by Father Rick was inspiring and awesome. A little noisy - lots of young families with little kids, but sure not...  more »
  • This is a beautiful church in the heart of downtown. it is the most attended of the other Catholic churches in the area. Lots of diversity and families. The 8 am Mass is better if you don't like lots of children.
  • I was at Riley Hospital visiting a special family and I was going to stop in for Sunday Mass or just quiet prayer as I didn't know the schedule. It was a short walk from the Omni Hotel. It got there soon after Mass started. Very welcoming.

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