— Oldest Catholic Church on Florida's West Coast —In 1859 a small wood framed church was erected on this spot. The following year it was blessed and named St. Louis Church to honor Fr. Luis De Cancer, a Dominican missionary who was martyred on the shores of Tampa Bay in 1549. When the yellow fever epidemic of 1887-88 took the lives of three resident priests, Bishop Moore of St. Augustine asked the New Orleans Jesuits to care for the parish. During their time here, they established Jesuit High School (1899), ministered to much of south Florida and built the present landmark church. Ground was broken in 1898 and this magnificent Romanesque structure, to be named Sacred Hart, was dedicated seven years later on January 15, 1905. The Jesuits would go on to serve the parish for 115 years until 2005, when pastoral care of this historic gem was given to the Franciscans.
|Placed By||Diocese of St. Petersburg|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 5:42pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17R E 356630 N 3092446|
|Decimal Degrees||27.94935000, -82.45738333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 27° 56.961', W 82° 27.443'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||27° 56' 57.66" N, 82° 27' 26.58" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||813, 727, 305, 863|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 509 N Florida Ave, Tampa FL 33602, US|
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