St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Casper Wyoming
St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Casper Wyoming





History

The Buildings -

The site of St. Patrick's Church and school was acquired in 1955 by Monsignor Thomas F. O'Reilly who was the long-time pastor of St. Anthony's Church and unquestionably the mover and doer of things Catholic in Casper, Wyoming.  Casper was growing rapidly; moving and building eastward.  The continued growth and the increase in the number of Catholic families clearly necessitated the establishment of the new church.

The boundaries this new parish would encompass were far reaching: touching the Natrona-Converse county line on the east; Elk Street (approximate) on the west; eleven and one-half miles to the north; and twelve miles to the south.  Within these boundaries lay 860 square miles.

MonsignorMonsignor O'Reilly, who acted as project administrator during the construction, immediately put into motion the machinery of creation and architects Goodrich and Wilking drew the plans for what was to be the largest Catholic church building in the state of Wyoming.

Ground was broken in October 1961.  The church was constructed in a modified, modern Romanesque design in the shape of a cross, or cruciform - a traditional design for Catholic churches.

Botticino marble was used in both the main and side altars as well as the baptismal font.  The altars were designed and executed by Ecclesiastical Arts, Ltd. of Dallas, Texas.  They were quarried and worked in Pietro Santa, Italy.  All three altars contain relics of martys of the church - traditional in the construction of altars used for celebration of the Holy Sacrifice.  A sepulchre in the main altar contains a relic of St. Patrick from his burial place in Downpatrick, County Down, Ireland.

The tabernacle, sanctuary, and Baptistry gates were fashioned in bronze and were made in Holland.  According to the Casper Star-Tribune of Sunday, November 25, 1962, the Baptistry, which was connected to the church on the south side by a brick archway, was the subject of much comment in the community.  It was designed with seven sides to symbolize the seven sacraments of the church.  the north entranceway of the church also elicited considerable comment as the fifty foot bell tower dominated the area which was mostly residential at that time.

The Stations of the Cross and the other wood carvings in the church were created by German artists in Oberammergau, Germany.  Because the statues and the Stations of the Cross did not arrive in time for the dedication, Ecclesiastical Arts, Ltd. kindly supplied substitutions.

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