St. Mary Star of the Sea seeks those who know the history
Renee Zurn, the president of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church's Rosary Society, gave a tour to a group of 30 on Sunday afternoon. Zurn is researching the history of the church.
The church was started by a group of Polish immigrants in 1883. The building in use today was constructed in 1906. Many of the stained glass windows and paintings on the ceiling were donated by Polish-American families. Zurn is searching for the details on stained glass windows and painting on ceilings.
"Many of the original Polish-speaking members are passing away and unfortunately that history is dying out," Zurn said. Next year is the 110th anniversary of the church. "The Rosary Society is hoping to repeat the tour (with more detail) next year."
Rosary Society vice president Kristi Salls said in the summer tourists often stop by the church to see the interior because it still retains the style that was prevalent prior to Vatican II (1962).
Zurn encourages those with historical information to phone the church office at (218) 722-3078.
Naomi Yaeger is the editor of the Duluth Budgeteer News. If your religious building or the people attending your faith are celebrating a milestone Yaeger encourages you to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.