This beautiful church is home to one of the state's oldest and continuously active Catholic parishes. Designed by a French architect (whose name has been lost to history) in the Romanesque style, the church building was constructed in 1871. The parish itself was founded in 1842 and originally named St. Vincent's. Other Catholic parishes arose from Annunciation and as such it has been referred to as a "mother church." It is a Texas Historic Landmark and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1869.
Backstory and Context
The parish is also notable in terms of the state's African American history. In 1902, Father Dorsey, the first black Catholic priest in Texas, served at Annunciation. He was also the first native-born black priest in Houston, and the leader of the the state's first order of black nuns, the Sister of the Holy Family.
Joe Wllllams & Michael Guarino. "Annunciation Church." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form November 03, 1975. https://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/NR/pdfs/75001988/75001988.pdf
"Our History." Annunciation Church. Accessed July 18, 2017. http://www.annunciationcc.org/history.html.
Photo: Ed Uthman, via Wikimedia Commons