As we drove across Kansas both east and west I saw beautiful churches rising from the plains. I found myself intrigued, and driving home my daughter gave me a chance to see one of them. When given a choice of Eisenhower’s Presidential Library or the “Cathedral of the Plains” she said try this…and we made it a pilgrimage.
This is all you would see from the interstate…
St. Fidelis Catholic Church is one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas. It nickname, Cathedral of the Plains came from William Jennings Bryant after a campaign stop here in 1912. What is really is though is a testimony of the faith and dedication of Volga German immigrants to build a faith inspired community on the harsh landscape of the high plains from the 1880’s to the turn of the century. What makes it even more remarkable, is that the current parish continues to care for and restore the church to keep up to the standards of their ancestors.
So come on in, and see the testimony of faith built by farmers at the great personal cost because they believed their house of worship needed to be a grand home that tells their story of faith through form, function, and art. In all ways it is a pleasure in plain sight.