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.
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  • We attended a wedding here over the weekend and were astounded by the architecture and great location. Father Rick Nagel was the Celebrant and he was fantastic. He delivered a great inspirational mess...  more »
  • In Indy for a wedding, walked to St. John Evangelist from the JW Marriott, just a 10 minute walk. Nice mass, pretty church inside, I would highly recommend attending mass while in Indy at St John Evan...  more »
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  • Arguably one of the best all around Catholic churches in Indianapolis. It's an old style traditional church with a lot of history, built around 1837. It's been said that the church was designed by German immigrants and built by the Irish and you can see those influences in the design and architecture. The current pastor Father Negal is a fantastic priest! If you're visiting downtown Indianapolis and want to celebrate mass, this is the place.
  • This is the church we attend when we got to the convention center for gen con. We love it. Also a very historic church for the archdiocese.

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