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Saint Francis de Sales Church

Saint Francis de Sales Church

As space is limited, this program is for Les-Amis members and their guests. Membership is open to all interested persons.

December 13, 2017

Les Amis Christmas Program

Presented By:

Les Amis


The St. Francis de Sales church campus occupies an entire city block at the corner of Gravois and Ohio in South St. Louis. The cathedral-like church is a story of a growing melting-pot America.
In the new country, and in a city named after a benevolent king of France, a German American congregation built a Gothic Revival church in 1867, under the patronage of a French saint. The imported German architectural design by Englebert Seibertz was modified by an immigrant, Victor Klutho, originally from Alsace-Lorraine. This immense church was built to last. The new St. Franci de Sales church symbolized the hopes and dreams of the immigrants, deeply rooted in the traditions and heritage of their forefathers. It was a brick-and-motar symbol of American values of the time: faith of the immigrants, beauty and grandeaur in the midst of hard work and sacrifice, venerable traditions in a new land, and stalwart hope for the future. In July 2005, an important change took place in the effort to preserve St. Francis de Sales church: it was erected as an Oratory of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest ("Institute"), serving St. Louis as the premier center of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Latin Mass).

During the tour you will witness the superb craftsmanship of the ornate reredos at the main altar, the work of another German immigrant, Egid Hackner of LaCrosse, Wisconsin. The beautiful stained glass windows were designed and crafted by a fine artisan Emil Frei, orginally from Bavaria. The interior of the church is filled with emblems of the old country, and the saints venerated by their ancestors. You will also see the present organ, built for this church and installed in 1924 by the Wicks Organ Company. It is a fine example of the tonal ideas of the Wicks Company of the 1920's; and indeed the ideals of pipe organ building of that era. It is a very full specification of tonal colors, comprising the voice families of Flutes, Strings and Diapasons. All of the voices are designed as solo voices and used together to create an orchestral or symphonic sound. To read more about the history of the church please visit:

Event price:

$15 per person-MEMBERS ONLY

Event hours:

  • 5:30pm
    Private Tour & Reception


  • Saint Francis de Sales Church
    2653 Ohio Avenue
    Saint Louis, MO 63118