Name the oldest continuously operating church in Minneapolis...

The oldest church building in Minneapolis, Our Lady of Lourdes has been in continuous use since the mid-19th century. Errected by the First Universalist Society of St. Anthony. The building in Greek Revival style as a meeting hall between 1854 and 1857 as the First Universalist Church where they worshipped until 1877.

A congregation of Catholic French Canadians acquired the church in 1877 and named it in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary who Catholics believed had recently appeared to Bernadette Soubirous in France as Our Lady of Lourdes. One of many churches throughout the world named for the appearances in Lourdes, Our Lady of Lourdes in Minneapolis was the first in the U.S. with this name.The Catholic parish made significant additions to the building between 1880–83, adding a transept, apse and front bell tower with three steeples; a front vestibule was added in 1914.

1 Lourdes Place
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414

(612) 379-2259


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