Catholic Hope in Dark Times

Catholic Hope in Dark Times

The Immaculata is the largest Catholic Church built by the international Society of St. Pius X that symbolizes the ever growing hope of traditional Catholicism throughout the world today. Seating over 1,550 people, The Immaculata serves the historic rural town of St. Marys, Kansas and its 4,000+ active faithful with daily offering of the traditional sacraments and Latin Mass exclusively.

Under the explicit protection of Mary, the Immaculate Mother of God, The Immaculata serves as a testimony of the ever-increasing expansion of the apostolic work of the Society of St. Pius X in over 35 countries. This national shrine rises up as a beacon of hope in the heartland of America and expresses an active faith that motivates the community to live in accordance with the spirit of self-sacrifice by living a fully consecrated daily life in the service of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and her Divine Son.

The Immaculata is the largest Catholic Church built by the international Society of St. Pius X that symbolizes the ever growing hope of traditional Catholicism throughout the world today. Seating over 1,550 people, The Immaculata serves the historic rural town of St. Marys, Kansas and its 4,000+ active faithful with daily offering of the traditional sacraments and Latin Mass exclusively.

Under the explicit protection of Mary, the Immaculate Mother of God, The Immaculata serves as a testimony of the ever-increasing expansion of the apostolic work of the Society of St. Pius X in over 35 countries. This national shrine rises up as a beacon of hope in the heartland of America and expresses an active faith that motivates the community to live in accordance with the spirit of self-sacrifice by living a fully consecrated daily life in the service of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and her Divine Son.

Located 90-minutes west of Kansas City, St. Marys resides within the rural country-side of the midwestern United States. Its history includes the Oregon Trail, Missionary establishments since the 1840's, and notable figures including Gutzon Borglum, sculptor of Mount Rushmore.

With only a handful of exceptions, all 4,000+ faithful in St. Marys have come from first-generation families that moved in from out of state. Like New York or Pittsburgh during the period of American immigration, St. Marys is a melting-pot of today's immigrants who hold to the long traditions of the Catholic Church and who seek a better environment to support their families.

Located 90-minutes west of Kansas City, St. Marys resides within the rural country-side of the midwestern United States. Its history includes the Oregon Trail, Missionary establishments since the 1840's, and notable figures including Gutzon Borglum, sculptor of Mount Rushmore.

With only a handful of exceptions, all 4,000+ faithful in St. Marys have come from first-generation families that moved in from out of state. Like New York or Pittsburgh during the period of American immigration, St. Marys is a melting-pot of today's immigrants who hold to the long traditions of the Catholic Church and who seek a better environment to support their families.

Built in Honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Crowned by her statue over 120 feet in the air

Built in Honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Crowned by her statue over 120 feet in the air

Click here to watch the full video below.

Click here to watch the full video below.

  •  $26,970,000 Raised
  • 100% funded by faithful
  • 154 days into construction
  • Less than 24 months left until completion
  • Over 80% of funds raised from parish of 4,000 faithful
  • Donations from over 47 states and almost 20 countries
  •  $26,970,000 Raised
  • 100% funded by faithful
  • 154 days into construction
  • Less than 24 months left until completion
  • Over 80% of funds raised from parish of 4,000 faithful
  • Donations from over 47 states and almost 20 countries

Facts at a glance:

Facts at a glance:

New Buildings

& Old Traditions

New Buildings

& Old Traditions

  • Video: Meet the architectural firm. Click here.
  • Video: Meet the architectural firm. Click here.

Inside the Immaculata

Inside the Immaculata

A Beacon of Hope

A Beacon of Hope

0:00 - Archbishop Lefebvre Speaks of St. Marys

1:18 - St. Marys Today

3:18 - The Plans

8:02 - The Growth of the SSPX

9:24 - Details of the Project

0:00 - Archbishop Lefebvre Speaks of St. Marys

1:18 - St. Marys Today

3:18 - The Plans

8:02 - The Growth of the SSPX

9:24 - Details of the Project

Seating over 1,550 faithful, the high vaulted ceilings of The Immaculata draw out the fine nuances that the traditional Latin Liturgy has offered over the course of centuries. 

1,550 seats individually designed to let every kneeler view perfectly the holy sacrifice of the Mass. Almost 12 stories of detailed stone work perched on the highest elevation for miles to establish the vital importance of living a God-centric life.

12 windows in the majestic cupola supporting the Virgin Mary’s statue. Eight confessionals designed for daily use in a growing vibrant parish. Acoustics resonating the finest details of chant and polyphony permeate the soul and echo the rich Catholic history of eternal adoration.

The Immaculata is more than a church, it is an engineering feat built with the finest attention to liturgical and historic detail.

Seating over 1,550 faithful, the high vaulted ceilings of The Immaculata draw out the fine nuances that the traditional Latin Liturgy has offered over the course of centuries. 

1,550 seats individually designed to let every kneeler view perfectly the holy sacrifice of the Mass. Almost 12 stories of detailed stone work perched on the highest elevation for miles to establish the vital importance of living a God-centric life.

12 windows in the majestic cupola supporting the Virgin Mary’s statue. Eight confessionals designed for daily use in a growing vibrant parish. Acoustics resonating the finest details of chant and polyphony permeate the soul and echo the rich Catholic history of eternal adoration.

The Immaculata is more than a church, it is an engineering feat built with the finest attention to liturgical and historic detail.

10:53 - The Intention of Building a Church

11:55 - History of St. Marys

19:16 - St. Marys and Archbishop Lefebvre

21:35 - The Largest Church in Kansas

10:53 - The Intention of Building a Church

11:55 - History of St. Marys

19:16 - St. Marys and Archbishop Lefebvre

21:35 - The Largest Church in Kansas

Video Index:

Video Index:

We have established various circles of support for the Immaculata ranging from $1,000 to $500,000 and above. 

To make supporting this worthy project manageable for every budget, you can split these contributions into annual or monthly payments. Learn more about the Guilds below.

We have established various circles of support for the Immaculata ranging from $1,000 to $500,000 and above. 

To make supporting this worthy project manageable for every budget, you can split these contributions into annual or monthly payments. Learn more about the Guilds below.

Ways to Give

Ways to Give

Learn more

Learn more

  •  Over 12 stories tall
  • 65,000+ square feet
  • Largest Catholic church in Kansas
  • Seats over 1,550 faithful
  • Exclusively for the Latin Mass
  • Largest SSPX-built church in the world
  •  Over 12 stories tall
  • 65,000+ square feet
  • Largest Catholic church in Kansas
  • Seats over 1,550 faithful
  • Exclusively for the Latin Mass
  • Largest SSPX-built church in the world

"Supporting this project means you are supporting the work of the Universal Church – and honoring Mary, the Immaculate Mother of God."

– Fr. Patrick Rutledge

"Supporting this project means you are supporting the work of the Universal Church – and honoring Mary, the Immaculate Mother of God."

– Fr. Patrick Rutledge

Flint Hills, Kansas

Flint Hills, Kansas

Campus, St. Marys

Campus, St. Marys

A Small Town – A National Shrine

A Small Town – A National Shrine

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Catholic Hope in Dark Times

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