Sunday, December 7, 2014

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Casper Wyoming




This large Roman Catholic Church is located one block from St. Mark's Episcopal Church, the First Presbyterian Church, and the St. Anthony's Convent otherwise pictured on this blog. Built in the late teens and completed in 1920, funds to construct the church were raised from the parishioners. The church rectory is next to it, and can be seen in the bottom photograph. To the far right, only partially visible in this photograph, is the Shepherd's Staff, the church offices.

This church served as the only Roman Catholic church in Casper Wyoming up until 1953, when Our Lady of Fatima was opened. The church also currently serves the St. Francis Mission in Midwest Wyoming.


St. Anthony's was recently updated (Spring 2014) to include a Ten Commandments monument.

My parents were married in this church in 1958 and I was baptized here.

The church has, within the entryway, a memorial to its parishioner's killed during World War Two.

I've noticed that this particular entry had tended to remain in the top three of the most observed entries on this blog, not that there's a lot of traffic on this blog. My theory is that people are hitting it looking for the Parish website. That being the case, you can find the parish website by hitting this link here.

 
Epilog:

St. Anthony's recently received a new set of steps. The old cement was decaying after a century of use.  So, as a result, the front of the church now has a slightly different appearance.






Updated:  December 7, 2014. 

Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Casper Wyoming

Our Savior's Lutheran Church is on the same block as the First Baptist Church, also pictured on this blog. This is the smallest of the downtown churches, with an interior area that is relatively small in this traditionally styled church.

The church was built in 1950, one year after the First Baptist Church on the same block. This construction is late compared to other downtown Casper churches.





In 2014 this church added a sculpture, as part of a Boy Scout Eagle Scout project which is a Maltese Cross if viewed from the side, but is the Ichthys symbol if viewed straight on. Very nice addition.

Many years ago I defended a lawsuit in which a bicyclist was injured when the cap came off of his mountain bike shocks while riding down the stairs that are on the back of this church. The defendant was a bicycle shop, not the church.

Updated:  December 7, 2014.

St. Anthony's Tri-Parish School, Casper Wyoming




This is not a church, but it is a school that includes a chapel. This is the current St. Anthony's Tri-Parish school, a grade school and middle school.

The original St. Anthony's School was located in the downtown area of Casper, but that school, having been built in 1927, was worn out by the 2000s. The new school, built with substantial private donations, is a much more modern school and quite a bit larger. Located on the grounds where Our Lady of Fatima Church is located, this structure is an impressive modern school.


The photo above is the old school, which is no longer used.


Cornerstone at the old St. Anthony's school with the phrase "For God and Country" in Latin. This also gives the year of construction, 1927, but that is difficult to see in this photograph.



Peace pole at the old St. Anthony's school.

Updated:  December 7, 2014.