St. Augustine Parish- Fidelity,Kansas

Last week we visited a country church about 20 miles from home. The parish of St. Augustine was founded in 1860 as a mission church from the Benedictine Abbey in Atchison, KS.  The current church building was built in the early 1920s.   There was once a parish school and rectory, but today those are both gone. It doesn’t appear that the town of Fidelity ever reached a great size as there are only a few houses there now.

I searched online for more information about the church and town, but this is all I could find. So I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Let’s take a little tour starting from the front door:

View from the vestibule looking through the door and into the church

View from the vestibule looking through the door and into the church

View from just inside the front door

View from just inside the front door

Looking toward the front of the church

Looking toward the front of the church

View of the front of the church from a side aisle

View of the front of the church from a side aisle

Communion rail, high altar and side altars

Communion rail, high altar and side altars

The high altar

The high altar

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Statue of Jesus to the left of the high altar

crucifix to the right of the high altar

crucifix to the right of the high altar

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close-up of the crucifix

statue of angel near the high altar

statue of angel near the high altar

statue of St. Joseph on right side altar

statue of St. Joseph on right side altar

statue of Mary holding the Baby Jesus on left side altar

statue of Mary holding the Baby Jesus on left side altar

Statue atop the baptismal fount of St. John baptizing Jesus

Statue atop the baptismal fount of St. John baptizing Jesus

candles in front of one of the side altars

candles in front of one of the side altars

the back of the church showing the balcony

the back of the church showing the balcony

view from up in the balcony

view from up in the balcony

Coming down the stairs from the balcony

Coming down the stairs from the balcony

View looking through the front door and into the vestibule

View looking through the front door and into the vestibule

I love older churches like this one. It’s very similar to the one I grew up in. There are many churches like this in the Midwest built by European immigrants who missed the churches they had known when they were growing up “in the old country“.

Have you visited churches like this one, and if so where?

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