Monday, December 6, 2004

Immaculate Conception Parish in Jacksonville Celebrates 150 Years

One of the most beautiful churches in the south...

From Metro: Church thrives as it marks 150 years 12/06/04:

"With its imposing white limestone construction and Gothic design, twin steeples, pipe organ, vaulted ceilings, marble pillars, life-like statuary and bigger-than-life stained glass windows, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in downtown Jacksonville is a lot to take in.

'It's overwhelming compared to a normal church, at least in the beginning,' said Curt Crossley, 47, a parishioner at St. Patrick Catholic Church on the Northside.

A city employee who works downtown, Crossley attends Mass at Immaculate Conception during his lunch hour at least once a week because it's convenient. While he emphasizes that a church is its people, not its building, sometimes it's hard not to admire the structure itself. "


  1. I was Baptized there!

  2. This is my parish and I will be attending the Mass on the feast day. They have recently completed the renovation and they made an already beautiful church even more beautiful.

    I also can't say enough about Fr. Leon who has maintained this church both at the physical and spiritual level. He is the reason why this downtown church is still growing.

  3. Yes, Father Leon is a holy priest and outstanding pastor. May God grant him many more years of ministry.