As I've been going around to various parishes, I've been thinking about the identity and history of Catholicism in St. Louis. I've been exploring the current history of Catholicism in St. Louis, but what about the past?
There used to be 100 (roughly) more parishes in St. Louis. What happened to them? I'm incredibly curious.
My curiosity is further piqued while when getting lost looking for one church, I find buildings that just scream "I was a Catholic Church!" and I want to know all about them.
I've also been inspired by two websites: Ecology of Absence and its blog and Vanishing StL. These two websites have taken pictures of some previous Catholic Churches, but not all of them.
The plan is to find St. Louis' lost Catholicism and present it to you.