St. Boniface Catholic Church (Sioux City, Iowa)

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St. Boniface Historic District
St. Boniface Church (Sioux City) from SW 1.jpg
View from the southwest
St. Boniface Catholic Church (Sioux City, Iowa) is located in Iowa
St. Boniface Catholic Church (Sioux City, Iowa)
Location 703 W. 5th St., 515 Cook St., and 700 W. 6th St., Sioux City, Iowa
Coordinates 42°30′4″N 96°25′3″W / 42.50111°N 96.41750°W / 42.50111; -96.41750Coordinates: 42°30′4″N 96°25′3″W / 42.50111°N 96.41750°W / 42.50111; -96.41750
Area 2.3 acres (0.93 ha)
Built 1910, 1911, 1924
Architect Bro. Leonard Darscheid
William LaBarthe Steele
Architectural style Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals
Governing body Private
MPS Oskaloosa MPS
NRHP Reference # 98001322[1]
Added to NRHP November 5, 1998

St. Boniface Catholic Church is a parish of the Diocese of Sioux City. The church is located in Sioux City, Iowa, United States, and the parish buildings form an historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


In December 1885 a meeting was held by German Catholics in Sioux City to form a new parish. It was the second parish in the city. They purchased two lots on the corner of West Fifth and Main Streets for $1,500.[2] The Rev. John A Gerleman was appointed the parish’s first pastor on Christmas Eve 1886. A small frame church was built and the first Mass in the church was celebrated on July 17, 1887. The parish school opened the same year with Franciscan Sisters from Dubuque, Iowa teaching in the school.

The parish was started when Sioux City was still in the Diocese of Dubuque. It became part of the Diocese of Sioux City when it was formed in 1902. In 1906 Franciscan Friars from the Sacred Heart Province started serving the parish. That year the Rev. Seraphin Lampe, OFM became pastor that year and plans were made for a new church. A new church and rectory were built on West Fifth Street between Omaha and Cook Streets. Brother Leonard Darschield, OFM[2] designed the new church in the Romanesque Revival style. The new church was dedicated by Bishop Philip Joseph Garrigan on September 4, 1911. That same a year a new convent for the sisters was built. The Sisters of the Living Word started staffing the school in 1975. In 1986 the Franciscan Friars left the parish and were replaced by priests from the diocese. The schools from St. Boniface, St. Joseph and the Cathedral of the Epiphany consolidated in 1987 to form Holy Family School.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Sioux City-St. Boniface". The Catholic Globe. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 

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