Church Tour

Welcome to St. Paul’s Catholic Church!

The Outside of 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).

Stone sculpture of St. Paul the Apostle.

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.

Shrine of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha.

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.

Mural located in front of the church.

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.

Blessed Sacrament Chapel located left of front mural.

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

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  • Ira Stricker  On July 27, 2010 at 1:30 AM

    I think a few more pictures of the outside, all four sides, would be nice.

    • Okodakiciye  On August 31, 2010 at 11:55 AM

      We are new at blogging. We are having trouble getting good pictures of the Church because of the growth of the surrounding trees.
      Fr. David

  • Dennis Doyle  On September 30, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    This web site is great – I so enjoy seeing and reading about the area that is so much a part of my youth – keep up the good work.

  • Harold E Condon  On February 14, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    One of the most beautiful churches on the any reservation in South Dakota. Worshipped there many times.

  • Dewie J. Gaul  On August 8, 2011 at 7:11 AM

    I am reading Mary Elizabeth Carson’s book on her uncle, who was the pastor when the church was built. It is an inspriring story, and well worth reading.

    • Okodakiciye  On August 8, 2011 at 8:51 AM

      Thank you very much on your comment in regard to Mary Elizabeth Carlson’s book. As time goes on others are coming to appreciate more and more the contributions the Church is making here to the growth of the Mission.
      Fr. David

  • Brenda Gullikson Pina (Ociciya kta wi)  On September 15, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    I am a product of St. Paul’s Indian Mission in Marty, SD. My two brothers (Richard and Gary Gullikson) attended there, too. I am now 58 years old and very active in our parish (Sacred Heart in Elgin, TX).

    I thank the religious who gave of their lives to teach us and I appreciate them more and more every day; I include the religious, in my prayers, who have passed (Fr. George Lyon and so many others).

    • Okodakiciye  On September 28, 2011 at 11:48 AM

      Thank you for your kind words. As you probably know, the school is now under the Tribe but we continue the ministry here at the Church. If your ever in the area please stop by.
      Sr. Miriam

  • Dennis Doyle  On September 16, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Sometime in early 1980 while I was lectoring at St Paul’s – my daughter Jamie hid at me feet in the ambo – I was somewhat distracted – but Sr. Eucharia Kennedy got a kick out of that – she so enjoyed the children comfortable in church.

    • Okodakiciye  On September 28, 2011 at 11:43 AM

      Hi Dennis-glad to hear from you. How is Judy & the family? We are trying to keep our website current, so keep checking.
      Sr. Miriam

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