Parishioners of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Springfield attended Mass in their new church for the first time on Thanksgiving Day 1967. The modernistic, in-the-round sanctuary was a break from tradition for the historic parish, which was founded in 1875.
Parishioner David Lazzeri (1920-2008) documented the construction process, from demolition of the old church to services in the new one, with his home-movie camera. For the 25th anniversary of the new church in 1993, the parish commissioned a narrated video taken from Lazzeri’s films. The 18-minute video was digitized and posted to YouTube in 2023.
In addition to the demolition and construction process, highlights of the video include views of the Gothic-style old church, film of a 1964 parish open house, and, especially, what the Rev. Edward Gorman (1910-95), whose vision the new church was, hoped the building would inspire.
The video was produced by parishioner Joe Adams with writing by Mike Kienzler* and narration by Larry Smith. St. Joseph Church is at 1345 N. Sixth St.
The YouTube video can be seen here. (Narration begins about 50 seconds into the video.)
*Kienzler edits SangamonLink.
Video property St. Joseph Parish, Springfield, Ill. Published on YouTube with permission.
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