Centennial celebration includes installation

Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Sunday, May 3, at 9 a.m., the parish of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church will mark the centennial of its dedication with a mass to be celebrated by Bishop Anthony Taylor of the Diocese of Little Rock. The mass will be followed by a parish gathering on the church grounds. The church was dedicated on May 11, 1909, by Archbishop John J. Glennon of St. Louis, and the building is listed in Ripley's Believe It or Not and the Guiness Book of World Records as the only church with the entry through the bell tower. The chapel was constructed by Mr. Richard Kerens, a businessman from St.Louis, on the spot where he is reported to have last seen his mother prior to her death in 1982. Construction of Kerens Memorial Chapel took place from 1904-1907. Later, following discussion with Bishop John Morris of Little Rock, Kerens constructed a church adjacent to the memorial and St. Elizabeth's as it is shaped today, was completed in 1909 and dedicated on May 11. Other events are planned during the year-long observance that will include a community open house reception and an event that will host all of the former living priests of the parish. For further information contact Father Shaun Wesley at (479) 253-2222 Tuesday through Friday.

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Bishop Anthony Taylor of the Little Rock Archdiocese will celebrate a special mass at St. Elizabeth's of Hungary Catholic Church on May 3 at 9 a.m. in the continuing observance of the centennial of the dedication of the church in Eureka Springs.

At this mass Bishop Taylor will also formally install Fr. Shaun Wesley as pastor of St. Elizabeth's and at St. Anne's in Berryville.

The mass will be followed by a congregation gathering on the grounds with Bishop Taylor. Long-time parishioners will be honored guests. Young people of the parish will assist and serve the guests.

Parking on Crescent Grade immediately adjacent to the church will be reserved for handicapped persons' vehicles. Golf carts will be available to assist if needed. Additional parking will be available at the former parish center building, which was subsequently a restaurant, then a spa, at the top of Crescent Drive, also on the lower portion of Crescent Drive.

A full year of celebratory events is being planned by a Centennial Committee chaired by Rod McGuire, and the next will be an open house event on June 20, with details to be announced.

The facility was dedicated on May 11, 1909, as Kerens Memorial Church.

For more information, telephone Fr. Shaun Wesley, (479) 253-2222, Tuesday through Friday, or Rod McGuire, 253-8864

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