The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church and its Parish is now nothing more than a faded memory within the annals of St. Louis’ history. Vanishing with it are an unsolved mystery and a holy battle which took place beneath its rafters over one hundred years ago.
The Assumption Parish was organized in 1861 by a zealous little priest from Italy named Father R. Capezuto in the Soulard area of St. Louis, Missouri. This Parish saw its first heartrending event soon after construction the Church began when Father Capezuto disappeared without a trace. Some speculated he must have returned to Italy for some reason or another.
Aside such speculation his disappearance still remains an unsolved mystery even today.
The completion of the Church was then overseen by Father Bernard O’Reilly and it was finally completed and dedicated on Sunday, November 30, 1862. Although less attractive and dwarf in size compared to other area Catholic Churches, it still became one of the most thriving parishes in St. Louis with its mainly Irish congregation.
With the memory of Father Capezuto’s unsolved disappearance still strong in its parishioner’s minds, this small Church soon faced another challenge which may be listed as a first for a St. Louis area Church somewhere in a lost archive as sightings of a dark shadowy figure clad in what was described as a cloak and hood began to surface. As these sightings increased, residents living near the church began to report seeing the same eerie dark figure climb the belfry at night to ring the church bell in a mournful manner.
Soon word spread and this figure became the famous “Ghost” of Assumption Church throughout the city. However, the congregation and many of the neighbors became fearful and reached their wits end with the dark menace.
Father George Watson answered their call for arms and prepared for battle with what many believed to be a demonic presence attempting to take possession of their Church.
It was about 1885 when he received authorization from Archbishop Kenrick and Assumption’s Father Smith to conduct an exorcism of the Church in hopes to expel the dark demon. Father Watson prepared himself by going into a retreat of eight days duration. Father Watson conducted the exorcism by candle light in every area of the Church including even its attic space. There were never any more reports of the dark demonic figure or of hearing the bell ring during the silence of the night after he completed this strenuous task.
After a little more than a century of service, Assumption Church closed its doors in 1965 and its congregation was merged with that of St. Agatha’s not too far away. The wrecking ball then came and forever erased Assumption Church from the streetscape of St. Louis. Now an unknowingly right fielder catching a fly ball at the St. Louis Boy’s Club ball field in South St. Louis City stands upon the same piece of ground where this Church once proudly stood.
The parish of the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was founded in 1862 by Rev. Bernard O'Reilly. The cornerstone of the church at the northwest corner of Eighth and Sidney Streets was laid in May, 1862. The 40 by 100 foot building was designed by Robert Mitchell and was adjoined by a school and a parsonage. In 1890, the church's pastor sought to move to a new church at Sidney and Salena Streets. After completion in 1891, Archbishop Kenrick changed his mind about abolishing Assumption parish and designated the newer church as St. Agnes. After the dismemberment, Assumption parish still contained about 250 families. The parish has since been merged with that of St. Agatha.
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