Monday, February 06, 2006

St. Rose of Lima

St. Rose of Lima, now retitled "Our Lady & St. Rose," is in the Quindaro neighborhood. The cornerstone was laid in 1920, but the adjacent school (still standing, but obviously closed) was erected in 1908.

I've been inside for Maundy Thursday liturgy (the Latin Massers yield that evening every year to their landlord, Blessed Sacrament). St. Rose is a mess. Although there is a modest high altar intact in the sanctuary, they've reordered the pews in a rather odd way, and it appears that the newfangled altar is now in the middle of the nave (it's rolled over into a transcept on Holy Thursday, so I'm not sure where it usually goes). There's a fair bit of water damage evident inside, and the grounds aren't kept up very well.

A pity there isn't more money to maintain the building, but I suppose it's better to keep it open than to close it, as it's already been consolidated once, and there are probably some folks who can't drive to the next nearest church, Blessed Sacrament. I understand that the pastor for Blessed Sacrament is also pastor for Our Lady & St. Rose--they share a bulletin as well.

Except for the history pasted in below, I don't know much else, but I really would like to know the name and location of the church title to the Blessed Mother that was consolidated into this church. Chime in if you can.

Transcribed from History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911. 2 v. front., illus., plates, ports., fold. map. 28 cm. [Vol. 2 contains biographical data. Paged continuously.]

ST. ROSE OF LIMA CHURCH.
The parish of the St. Rose of Lima was organized October 6, 1907, by the Rev. William Michel. This new congregation is in the northeast part of the city. On account of the large population of substantial men and women a great future is prophesied for this new parish. Services were held at Flannigan's hall, Fifth street and Virginia avenue, until the new building at Eighth street and Quindaro street boulevard was erected. A new school was opened in 1907.
The Rev. William Michel has been a priest of the diocese for the pasteighteen years, for ten years having been located at Frankfort, Kansas and Irish Creek. In both these places he built new churches. Father Michel also erected one of the finest parochial residences of the diocese, which he occupied about two years. He came to Kansas City, Kansas, with the record of a hard worker and a priest devoted to his people.

16 comments:

GFvonB said...

At least it looks nicer on the outside then the St. Rose of Lima in Minneapolis. We call it "St. Rose of Tatooine" because it looks just like Jabba's palace.

kcbixguy said...

I went to St. Rose's from 1959 thru 1965.The church and it's finances were gutted by the archbishop during that era. The priests were "moved on" and a Father Wimpy, I do not jest, was in charge when most of the marble, the altar, and just about anything of value was hauled out. The archbishop moved to about 55th and state on the money of the inner city parishes, which, of course, in a very short time proved, ridiculous, as he "had to move" even farther west. When I was 10, 1963, it was indeed a beautiful church. Only the Conception Abbey was more ornate.

Chuck Denton said...

I went to St. Rose of Lima from Sept 1059 thru 4th grade when I moved to St. Benedicts with the rest of my family. I made my First Communion there. Kids in my class were: Sean Garvey, Michelle Hoegler, Stevie Alvarado, Steve Anderson, Nancy Morgan, Barbara Monchil, Michael Wilson, Ed Shoemaker, Lynn Garrity, Billy Irwin, Doyle Travis, Alex Barger, Tanya Estrada, Ricardo Browne, Richard Collins, John O'Brian, and many more. I'm suprised that I remember this many names from my class!
Anyway - it was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

Chuck Denton

Barbara Monchil said...

I came upon this website by accident. I, too, went to St. Rose of Lima grade school from 1959-1964. Chuck Denton did list some of the kids I had forgotten about. Here are a few more: John Monahan, Yolanda Irving, Carol O'Donnell, and Doyle Travis. I look upon those days as fond memories. The church had beautiful stained glass windows.

Nancy Morgan said...

Wow!!!!! I was thinking about St. Rose of Lima and thought I might find a picture of it online. I couldn't believe my luck in finding these posts. I only went to St. Rose for 1st and half of second grade, but it is indelibly ingrained in my memory. I moved in October of 2nd grade and attended o St. Pius X for 2nd - 8th grade. It was a very modern church for the times and I always missed the beauty of St. Rose. My older brother, Terry, graduated from St. Rose in 1960.
I also remember many recess times spent playing tether ball, playing on the jungle gym and going down the slide. Wasn't there a circular water fountain by the side of the school where several children could get drinks at one time? Sister Mary Charles was my first grade teacher. Chuck Denton, I can't believe you could even recall my name! Tanya Estrada was my best friend in 1st grade, but I did not remember her last name. I am so sorry this church has fallen into such disrepair.

Chuck Denton said...

Nancy I remembered you because I got into trouble (justifiably so) for 'flipping up' your dress while you were printing your name on the chalkboard. It wasn't a 'uniform' day, I think. Anyway I had no idea what I'd done. I got such a talking to from Sweet Sister Mary Charles. Probably the worst I got in my whole carreer. I remember those years with a lot of clarity and count them as the best of my life. Who is KCBIX guy? He had to be in our class. I think!

Chuck Denton said...

Last time I'll post, I promise...Anyone remember Fr. Dougherty? He celebrated 25 years as a priest, and the sisters and school & parish planned a big event. We all had a part to play, and I think it was while we were in Sister Edith's class that this happened, (3rd grade). We worked on a song over and over. She was looking for a sweet song to sing that had the word 'silver' in it for his anniversary. Sister came up with a song: "Oh you can dig my grave with a silver spade..." It was a hit.

Father Dougherty passed away within the year...wierd!!!
Chuck

chuckiechris said...

WOW...couldn't believe I found this site. My family moved away from Kansas City in 1974 & I've often wondered what happened to St. Rose of a Lima. I was in first grade in 1967 and Sister Margaret Ellen was my teacher. I was the only black kid in my class. I dont remember many of the kids name in the 1st grade but I do remember during the 2nd semester another black kid named Mark Marion started going to St. Rose. In the 2nd grade I remember Our Lady merged with St. Rose of a Lima. The kids I remember were Robin Harris, Deborah Ingram, Michael Hutchingson, Henry Holliday and Craig Harris. Sister Mary Timothy Hoban was prinicipal then but I do remember Father Wimpy and Father Finnerty. My favorite nun was Sister Mary Eugenia Floresch. I am so happy because I've often wondered what happened to my Primary school. I am sad to hear it has closed but happy the building still remains

Charles(Chuck)Bradford
1967-1972

Cat said...

I too went to St Rose of Lima and made my first communion there. I was the shortest girl in my class and I remember Dexter Burdette, Joyce Monchil. My brother was in the class behind me and he also made his firt communion at St Rose. We moved away when I finished 6th grade and then we went to St Agnes in Roeland Park. St Rose was so beautiful. I still have my first communion pictures of the church. Cathy Patch

Donna said...

I lived right next door to the school and remember just walking across the alley to school. I always thought that it was so neat to be able to see my own back yard during recess. I remember Sister Ellen and Father Wimpy and the happy times. I was class mates with Mark Jones, Joann Baich, Elizabeth Potts, Sharon and Phyllis Scott just to name a few. I remember helping clean up at the church. I loved the beautiful stained glass church windows and the beautiful life like holy statues. I really miss those days, they were some of the best times of my life. I really love that church and school. I hope they are there forever.

Cat said...

The priest that was there when I received communion was Fr Paul Kelly. Does anyone remember him? He was so handsome - or so I thought when I was a 1st grader. I remember some other classmates like Pat Messenger, and George Brockman. That year would have been 1955 until we left in 1961.

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kcbixguy said...

Yeah, I was in your class Chuck. We stayed in the area until 1966,then moved north of the river.
Do you remember the Garveys? Well, I'm not a Garvey.
The last I heard of any of my classmates was Michelle Hoegler's wedding, because her father had made the wedding dress. There was a nice article in the Times, and my mother showed it to me.
It's nice to see that you remember the old school fondly, as I think most of us do. I'm a bit bitter about how run-down things are and probably shouldn't be.

Cat said...

I can remember Marcia Marti, Joyce Monchil, Kathleen Kellner and Kenny Kellner. We lived on North Mill St. When I taught at Washington High School in 1997 I drove over to the old neighborhood and was just shocked at the condition that it was in.

Chuck Denton said...

KC Bix guy!!! I remember EVERYBODY!!! Who are ya? Can't tell from your blog name. It was good, altho late on my part to see that you answered! My e-mail is LS525@att.net Send me a note real time!
Take care!
Chuck Denton

Anonymous said...

I just ran across this site. We were members of the parish from 1946 to the late 50''s. I was married there in 1952 and my husband and i had to immediately move to tulsa, okla because of his job. i didn't attend the school, altho had three brothers who did.i attended Ward High and graduated in 1948. lovely memories of st rose of lima.