St. Patrick's Catholic Church (Washington, D.C.)

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St. Patrick's Catholic Church
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
38°53′52.5″N 77°01′32.1″W / 38.897917°N 77.025583°W / 38.897917; -77.025583Coordinates: 38°53′52.5″N 77°01′32.1″W / 38.897917°N 77.025583°W / 38.897917; -77.025583
Location 619 10th St NW,
Washington, D.C.
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic
Founded 1794 [1]
Founder(s) Anthony Caffry
Archdiocese Washington
The second St. Patrick's Church between 1890 and 1910

St Patrick's Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic parish in Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America established in 1794.[1][2][3]

Pope Francis visited Saint Patrick's Church on September 24, 2015 during his tour of the United States.[4]

A long-time listing on the National Register of Historic Places, St. Patrick's is not without controversy. Radical renovations to the sanctuary in 1994 witnessed the removal and subsequent destruction of the church's original high altar, communion rail, consecration stones, and some artwork. The National Register considered taking formal, perhaps legal, action over the unprecedented violation of regulation.[5]

The first pastor of St. Patrick's was Anthony Caffry, O.P., who served from 1794 to 1804.[6] He was followed by William Matthews, who held the position from 1804 to 1854.[7] Matthews was succeeded by Timothy O'Toole.[8]


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  2. ^ "48 Hours In Washington DC". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 619 Tenth Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia, DC". Library of Congress. United States Congress. 30 November 2003. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Pope Francis Skips Lunch With Politicians To Be With Homeless In Washington, D.C. Huffington Post;09/24/2015 12:22 PM
  5. ^ National Register of Historic Places National Register of Historic Places;09/24/2015 12:22 PM
  6. ^ MacGregor, Morris J. (1994). A Parish for the Federal City: St. Patrick's in Washington, 1794–1994. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press. p. 20. ISBN 0-8132-0801-7. OCLC 29636010. Retrieved 28 April 2018 – via Google Books. 
  7. ^ Curran, S.J., Robert Emmett (1993). The Bicentennial History of Georgetown University: From Academy to University (1789–1889) (First ed.). Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press. pp. 62–63. ISBN 0-87840-485-6. OCLC 794228400. Retrieved 15 March 2018 – via Google Books. 
  8. ^ The Catholic Church in the United States of America: Undertaken to Celebrate the Golden Jubilee of His Holiness, Pope Pius X. New York: Catholic Editing Company. 1914. p. 117. OCLC 976946591. Archived from the original on 6 November 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2018. 

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