Welcome to St. Paul’s Catholic Church!
The Church is constructed entirely of stone and cement. The exterior is of Bedford limestone and the interior is of sandstone from the quarry in St. Meinrad, Indiana (near St. Meinrad Archabbey, from which St. Paul’s was founded).
The steeple is 167 feet high, and as you walk up the front steps, note the stone sculpture of St. Paul, Apostle to the Nations, with the Native people. In the entrance observe the hard terrazzo floor with its unique geometric design.
If one enters the Church from the ramp door on the north you will immediately pass a shrine to St. Theresa, the Little Flower, the Patroness of the missions of the Church. Adjacent on the south side of the Church is the shrine of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks, who is the central figure in the piety of the Native people in this country.
To the right of this young Indian maiden is a beautiful portrayal of Our Blessed Mother, Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Under this designation she is the Patroness of the Americas.
Emil Frei of St. Louis, Missouri, did the eighteen stained glass windows. The windows depict the life of Christ, the spread of Christianity, the seven sacraments,
St. Paul and St. Benedict, and the Eucharist, plus the ministry of the priesthood. Note the strong Indian motif in these windows. An art class in the School prepared a variety of tribal designs to inspire the ceiling artwork. The traditional Indian colors of white, black, red, yellow, green for earth, and blue for the sky were used. A student at St. Paul’s Indian Mission School painted the Stations of the Cross.
Mr. & Mrs. Carl Zimmerman of Cincinnati, Ohio, did the canvas painting in the very front of the Church. In the upward movement of this mural, centered in the golden illustration of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the central theme of “The Kingdom of God.” Notice the depiction of the saints, angels, and other Native American persons as well. Also note the animals, birds and plant life of the prairie that are included as part of the whole Circle of Life.
The small chapel on the south side is the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Daily celebrations of the Eucharist, other prayer services, and quiet prayer and meditation usually take place here. The prayer center on the north side is the Divine Mercy Chapel dedicated to the outpouring of God’s mercy on us all.
Standing in front of the Church and looking to the back we are able to see that the original pipe organ remains in the choir loft. Below the choir loft are the Latin words, which translated, mean: “O great work of love, death died when Life died upon the cross, Alleluia”.
Below is a slideshow showing these and other photos from around the Church