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Dear Guests & Friends,

Religion has always played an important role in the lives of Hermann townsfolk. Two of Hermann's oldest churches, St. George Catholic Church and St. Paul United Church of Christ, are visible from Hermann Hill's guestrooms. The formation of these churches can be traced to the arrival of the first settlers here in 1837. 

In typical German style, the churches are perched on the top of hills and can be seen from miles around. St. Paul United Church of Christ is on W. First Street and St. George Catholic Church is on W. Fourth St. They are popular stops along Hermann Hill's three-mile walk. Visitors are always welcome at both churches.

Visitors also are welcome at the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, a religious landmark at Starkenburg, MO, a short drive from Hermann Hill. The Shrine is open year round. This historic site dates to 1848, the year St. Martin's Parish was chartered. Included at the site are St. Martin's Church (tours available on request), the Grotto of Lourdes, Mount Olivet, Stations of the Cross, the Sepulcher, and Mount Calvary. For complete information, visit the website at

St. Paul United Church of Christ
St. Paul was officially formed on Nov. 24, 1844 by two churches, "Die Evangelische Kirche" group from Philadelphia (part of the original group of Hermann settlers) and the "Allegemeinde Deutsche Kirche" (Universal German Church) which had been formed in Hermann. The church was called St. Paul's Evangelical Church. Members of the two congregations came from Lutheran, German Reformed and rationalistic ("free-thinker") backgrounds. Most of the earliest German settlers were from the German Reformed Church who were seeking freedom from the oppression of the English population around Philadelphia following the Revolutionary War. 

After 57 years, the independent congregation formally united with the German Evangelical Synod of North America in 1901. This denomination later merged with the German Reformed Church to create the Evangelical and Reformed Church. In another merger with the Congregational & Christian Church, the United Church of Christ was formed.

The cornerstone for the church building was laid at the present location in December of 1844 and construction was completed in 1846. As the congregation grew in numbers, so did the church building. In 1893, the original church building was enlarged. New windows, a bell tower, and a steeple were added at a cost of $1,838. The second expansion was in 1907. A new, and larger, church was built on the same site. This building remains as the primary form of the present church, which was renovated in 1960. 

On September 2, 1990, a portion of the church building was destroyed by fires set by an arsonist. Everything west of the sanctuary was rebuilt at a cost of more than $1 million. Today's structure is the third building on the site.

Until 1910, services were conducted in German. Starting that year, one English service per month was held on a Sunday evening. As of 1947, no more German services were held except for special cases such as Maifest.

A unique feature of the church is the rooster on top of the bell tower. The historic significance stems from some parts of Germany where a rooster was placed on top of the steeples to symbolize a Protestant Church, whereas the cross was used to signify a Roman Catholic Church. 

Rev. James Elliott has served as pastor of the church since 1979.

St. George Catholic Church
Among the first settlers in Hermann were 33 Catholics. Although they had hoped to build a church as early as 1840, construction on the stone church did not begin until 1845. Work was completed in 1850, one year after the arrival of the first duly appointed pastor. The first church, built on the site of the present church but situated from north to south, was 50 feet long and 36 feet wide. The church was enlarged in 1866 by a 14-foot brick addition on the south side. The addition served as the sanctuary and sacristy.

In 1875, the Franciscan Friars of the Sacred Heart Province (St. Louis) took charge of the parish. Among them were very talented Lay Brothers, who drew up plans to remodel the interior of the church. A bell tower, which still stands today, was constructed for the old church around 1900. Two of the Brothers carved the large altars for that church from locally grown butternut trees. The altars were moved to the present church when it was erected in 1916.

The stained glass windows were purchased in 1924. Ten were made in Germany. The windows depict the Seven Corporal and Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy. The Rose Window at the rear of the church also was installed in 1924.

A parish school building was erected in 1870. A high school was built in 1950, but was closed in 1970. The school was staffed by Franciscan Brothers from 1875-1877. Sisters of St. Francis from Lafayette, Indiana, served until 1989, and a School Sister of Notre Dame, St. Louis Province, served until 1993. That year the first lay principal was hired. Currently, both school buildings are used for grades pre-school through eight. 

The Franciscan Friars served St. George Parish until July 2002. Fr. William Debo was appointed as the first Diocesan Priest for St. George Parish at that time, and he continues to serve the parish.

Worship schedules for the churches in Hermann
For our guests who wish to attend church services during their stay at Hermann Hill, the following is a listing of the local churches and their service hours. The times listed are those that are available to us as of this writing. Our staff can check church service times during your stay, and they will be happy to serve you breakfast at a time that will accommodate your worship service schedule.

Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church
202 E. First St.
Phone: 573-486-3999, e-mail: 
Pastor: Tom Rea
Worship Services: Sunday at 10:15 a.m., Sunday School at 9:00 a.m.

First Baptist Church
1409 Market St.
Phone: 573-486-5554, e-mail: 
Pastor: Jim McCulloch, Th.D.
Worship Services: Sunday at 10:45 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Hermann Christian Church
100 E. First St.
Phone: 573-486-3988
Worship Service: Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Hermann United Methodist Church
Hwy. 100 at 16th St.
Phone: 573-486-2651, e-mail: 
Pastor: Rev. Kenneth Johnson
Worship Service: Sunday at 10:30 a.m., Sunday School at 9:00 a.m.

Lighthouse Ministries
508-A S. Market St.
Phone: 573-486-3810
Worship Services: Sunday at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

St. George Catholic Church
128 W. Fourth St.
Phone: 573-486-2723, e-mail: 
Pastor: Father William Debo
Masses: Saturday at 5:00 p.m., Sunday at 7:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Tuesday-Friday at 8:00 a.m.

St. Paul United Church of Christ
136 W. First St.
Phone: 573-486-5525, e-mail: 
Pastor: Rev. James Elliott
Worship Service: Sunday at 8:00 a.m. & 10:15 a.m., Adult Sunday School at 9:00 a.m.

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1952 Hwy. 100 W.
Phone: 573-486-3335
Interim Pastor: Rev. William Zastrow
Worship Service: Sunday at 9:30 a.m., Sunday School at 8:30 a.m.

United Pentecostal Church
318 W. Ninth St.
Phone: 573-486-3665
Pastor: Rev. B. Masters
Worship Services: Sunday at 10:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m., Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

Activities and services at the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows
Hwy. P, Starkenburg, MO
Pastor: Father William Debo
Worship services: Second Tuesday masses, May-November, 12 noon
Semi-annual Pilgrimages are held in May and September 
(The Shrine is open to visitors year round. Check the website for dates and times of masses and events.)

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Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn

711 Wein Street - P.O. Box 555
Hermann, Missouri (MO) 65041
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