St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

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St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, an excellent example of Classical Revival-style architecture, is the work of German-trained architect Carl Ruehrmund, and is a centerpiece of the Newport News Downtown Historic District. It is home to the oldest Roman Catholic parish in the city of Newport News and was established in 1881 as a downtown mission, eventually opening two parochial schools that shaped leaders of the Catholic community. St. Vincent de Paul also is significant for its association with Thomas Fortune Ryan and his wife, Ida Mary Barry Ryan, who gave more than $20 million to Roman Catholic causes. The Ryans also donated buildings to St. Vincent de Paul (which have since been demolished) for its original convent and girls’ school. The church is also significant for its association with Father Lloyd Franklin Stephenson, the first African American pastor of the parish, who died in 2004. St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church continues today to serve a diverse community.

Last Updated: February 19, 2024

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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