CIAO St Louis celebrates 30 years of Santa Fara statue at St. Ambrose

Sep 27, 2017 1057

BY: Marianne Peri-Sack

Santa Fara is the patron saint of a town in Western Sicily called Cinisi. Many people from that village have immigrated to the St. Louis area and many settled in the area called “Little Italy’ in downtown St. Louis. In Little Italy stood the Italian church Our Lady Help of Christians. The immigrants brought with them the customs and traditions from their respective towns. Each town had a patron saint and processions were held honoring many of these saints. A society in honor of Santa Fara had been formed and the people from Cinisi and their descendants held a Mass, procession and festivity annually.

In the early 70s, the beloved church was razed to make way for the new convention center to be built. The Italians that still lived there and those that had moved away tried their best to keep the church where they were baptized, married and worshiped from being demolished but they were not successful.

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