By Chelsie Hollis April 7, 2017 2:44 PM
Church Madness by Granda Liturgical Arts, based in Madrid, Spain, pitted 64 American churches against each other nationwide in East, West, Midwest, and South brackets. The final matchup was between St. Francis de Sales Oratory and the St. James Church of the Archdiocese of Louisville, churches separated by 270 miles. Ultimately, St. Francis de Sales Oratory won out, taking the “churchpionship” with 51.75 percent—more than 9,000—votes. Throughout the country, 17,860 voters participated.
For the church’s clergy, that’s a surprise victory, especially considering the church has been undergoing slow but steady renovations over the past 12 years.
“From the outside, it looks pretty neglected,” says the Rev. Canon Michael Wiener. “But inside it’s very pristine. It’s a lot of work, and we constantly restore and repair, but it’s really amazing.”
For full article click here https://www.stlmag.com/home/history/second-largest-church-in-st-louis-wins/