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Hungarian Parish

St. Mary of Victories is home to the Hungarian community in St. Louis.


Latin Novus Ordo

St Mary of Victories offers the only Latin Novus Ordo Sunday Mass in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.


Oblates of Wisdom

The priestly Society of the Oblates of Wisdom was founded in 1979 to foster love for Jesus through Mary and thus to promote the teaching of the Church in the light of her dogmatic, moral and mystical tradition.


Church History

Historic St. Mary Of Victories Church, founded at Third and Gratiot Streets in the "Chouteau's Landing" district of Downtown (south of the Gateway Arch), is one of the beloved churches of Old St. Louis. Established in 1843, the charming neoclassical red brick edifice was designed by noted St. Louis architects Franz Saler and George I. Barnett.


Bishop Rice Visit to St. Marys

Sunday, May 17, Solemnity of the Lord's Ascension, was a particularly joyous and festive day for St. Mary of Victories Chapel. Quite a historic occasion, in fact! For the first time in nearly twenty years (then-Archbishop Justin Rigali celebrated Mass here in 1996), our church was honored by a visit from one of our St. Louis bishops.



The Most Rev. Edward M. Rice, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis, had been planning to come to offer Mass at St. Mary of Victories on March 1st, but the heavy snowfall that day led to the cancellation of both Masses. This turned out to be providential, because Bishop Rice's postponed visit finally took place in Our Lady's beautiful month of May, in perfect sunny weather, and with the church splendidly festooned with abundant spring flowers.



It was also a special moment for our worshipping community. We suspended the 9:00 a.m. Mass just for that day so that our two different liturgical groups could be at Mass together. (Our 9: 00 a.m. Mass uses the post-Vatican II Missal or 'Novus Ordo' of Pope Paul VI, using traditional options such as Latin prayers and Gregorian chant, while the 11:00 a.m. Mass is celebrated in the usual modern style, mainly in English, but with a little Hungarian.)


Concelebrating with Bishop Rice for the Feast of the Ascension were our chaplain, Fr. Brian Harrison, O.S. and two former chaplains, Msgr. John McCarthy and Fr. Paul Spielman. Quite a few visitors came for the special Mass, so we had about 100 people in the church - a number we normally only reach on the day of our annual Homecoming Picnic for the Feast of St. Stephen of Hungary. Bishop Rice preached a dynamic homily about the need for all of us to evangelize according to our state of life and the opportunities God gives us day by day.


This was also a special day for the Marty family, who have been stalwart parishioners of St. Mary's for 130 years. Bishop Rice offered the Mass for the repose of the soul of our recently deceased and well-loved Edward Marty, who passed away at age 90 last February. Ed's life of service to this church began over 80 years ago when as a altar boy he began serving Mass exactly where he served it as an acolyte right up to the Sunday before his death. After Mass Bishop Rice blessed a new 'Marty memorial' garden seat and engraved commemorative stone marker, and joined us for a pot-luck lunch during which he displayed his well-known outgoing friendliness in greeting and talking to our parishioners and visitors.


Thank you, Bishop Rice, for your very welcome visit, which all our community will remember with happiness and gratitude!




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