St. Paul, Minnesota
Saint Thomas More Catholic Community, founded on January 1, 2008, is the union of two Catholic parishes: the Church of Saint Luke (1888) and the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (1949). The rich heritage from these two communities of faith has blessed them with over 125 years of Catholic worship, community and ministry in this historic area of St. Paul, Minn.
Construction on the current church took place between 1924 and 1926, and the church was dedicated in October 1926. The church was built during the pontificate of Pius XI, whose coat of arms is carved above the southwest entrance of the church.
Saint Thomas More is known throughout Minnesota as a church that puts faith together with action for justice. Programs include a domestic violence task force and a swap shop, which distributes clothing and housewares to those in need.
The parish’s Saint Thomas More Catholic School was also created in 2008 by the merger of the two parishes. Historically, each parish operated separate schools until they joined their schools in 1991 as IHM-St. Luke’s School. While the school’s name is new, their 100-plus year commitment to high quality education remains firmly in place.