In every sense, the St. Michael Historic Catholic Church has been at the center of the city of St. Michael since its construction more than 115 years ago.
Now, just a decade after the St. Michael Catholic Church was erected on Frankfort Parkway, the Catholic Parish of St. Michael might be looking to sell its former centerpiece.
A meeting will be held tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 30 to discuss that possibility as the Parish continues to centralize its operations around the current church.
A new rectory has been completed just a block west of the church. Students from St. Michael Catholic School are now attending Mass each Friday and on holy days at the “new” church for the first time in history. And with the lone renter – Alleluia Lutheran Church – planning to build a worship space of its own, the historic building will soon sit empty.
Father Peter Richards, pastor the Parish, wrote in a letter to parishioners back on Sept. 21 that a sale “was being discussed,” and, in truth, seemed like a viable option.
The church, Richards states in the letter, is not being placed “on the market.” Rather, a buyer is being sought out for a “Christian” purpose, or one that would meet the expectations of both the parish and the Archbishop of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Diocese, which would ultimately approve any sort of transaction.