Marker Dedication For Our Mother Of Mercy Catholic Church Of Ames

LIBERTY, Febuary 8, 2017 - The Liberty County Historical Commission will honor Our Mother of Mercy Catholic church in Ames, Texas with a historical marker on Sunday, February 19th, 2:00 p.m.  The public is invited. 

Catholicism in Ames dates back well over one hundred years when Catholic settlers from Louisiana stopped on the way back from Mexico.  Several prominent families, including the Wickliffs, Trahans, and Cormiers had left New Iberia, Louisiana in search of a better life in Mexico.  They were disappointed with the conditions there and decided to return to Louisiana.  During the return trip, the group stepped off the train at Liberty for a breath of fresh air.  In talking to a local man, they learned of farm land reasonably priced nearby.  After viewing the land, the group decided to buy it and settle in what was to become Ames.  They purchased 248 acres of land at $3.75 an acre.  News of their settling spread and soon others from Louisiana followed.  Attending church in Liberty was often difficult because of road conditions prompting the Ames Catholics to build a chapel in 1897 known as Sacred Heart Chapel.  Josephite priests from Houston serviced the mission.  In 1912 a second building was constructed and a rectory built in 1915 insured a full-time priest.  With the establishment of a school in 1914, the Catholic presence grew.  By 1929, the community required a larger church and it was renamed Our Mother of Mercy.  Mission Churches sprang forth in Raywood and Dayton.  Through the years, the church complex has grown to include a parish hall and education center.  Since 1937 the church has sponsored an Easter Sunday rodeo.  Priests from the Missionary Society of St. Paul in Nigeria have served since 1993 and Our Mother of Mercy continues to be the hub of church and social life in Ames.

There will be a reception held in the church parish hall following the official marker dedication.

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