History: St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Wall, S.D.
We are located approximately one mile off of Interstate I-90. As it is noted in the book "We Walk by Faith" published during the centennial celebrations of the Diocese of Rapid City (1902 - 2002), 'Church of St. Patrick's history goes back to the year 1917. Father Anthony O'Hora, a circuit-riding priest, first served this area from Ft. Pierre. In 1917, a church and rectory was purchased. Father John Connolly was pastor from 1917 until 1964. The church was moved to its present location in 1925 and wired for electricity. Years later the church was renovated and a basement added. In 1974, under the direction of Fr. Craig Cower, a new church was built, incorporating all the changes of the recent Second Vatican Council. On September 10, 1972, Father Cower announced to the congregation that, in addition to his regular and special contributions to the parish, he had sold the sterling silver that his parents and had given him for his college graduation gift and he was donating the proceeds to the building fund. He promised at the time to make additional gifts to the new church. One of those gifts were his collections of crucifixes from more than twenty different countries including: Tanzania, Belgian Congo, Ecuador, Brazil, Egypt, Israel, among others. There are four museum pieces: A Venetian ivory that was lost for 300 years in the West Indies: a 9th century Spanish brass corpus: a 16th century Spanish word carving and an 1840 Mexican Satos. The collection also includes an early American crucifix from the chapel of Charles Carroll that dated from 1774. The collection has been donated to the Diocese of Rapid City in the permanent custody of the Church of Saint Patrick at Wall.
Bishop Harold Dimmerling dedicated the church in 1977. A bell tower, donated by some of the generous benefactors from our parish was added to the church in 1977.'
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