On November 2d John Roscoe presented the book Legacies of Faith:Churches of Stearns County to the Holdingford Area Historical society meeting. It is a beautiful full color, 232-page book with 180 color pictures by photographer Doug Ohman.
Their new book - "Legacies of Faith" - traces the history of Stearns County, the founding of its 49 Catholic parishes, and the building and architecture of its 52 Catholic churches. "We praise them for their architecture and their immigrant history. What's remarkable is that throughout the United States, churches are disappearing. But Stearns County is defying that demographic," said John, a retired English teacher in Albany who lives in Sartell.
"When people drive by them, they take them for granted," agreed Bob, who studied architecture at the University of Minnesota and works in residential design, emphasizing historic preservation. "They become commonplace. And for people outside the county, they don't know they're here."
All the churches in Stearns County are still actively used, are in excellent condition, and have vibrant congregations.
The book - costing $19.95 - is being sold at various locations in the county, including the Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud and at Ben Around Books in Paynesville. The book can also be ordered online at www.legaciesoffaith.net.