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From the grand basilicas of Missouri's big cities to small churches in every corner of the state, the stories of generations of Catholic immigrants are set in stone. Built as places to ask for blessings and pray for survival in a foreign land, these churches endure today as monuments to the struggles and the faith of those new Americans and their descendants.


Places to Pray takes readers to Catholic churches, shrines, convents, and monestaries throughout Missouri. Author Patrick Murphy tells their stories and captures their beauty in a rich collection of photographs.


Readers will explore the architectual marvels of the cathederals of St. Louis and Kansas City and visit neighborhood parishes that proudly hold on to the ethnic flavors of their founders. There's a story of a shrine built from thousands of stones by a monk who died at his task. Cloistered sisters commited to lives of prayer and silence open their doors to us, and monks in a Trappist monestary in the Ozarks show off their world-famous fruitcakes. Churches range from European, African, and Hispanic parishes to a congragation in southwest Missouri that holds the largest