History book marks diocese's 125th anniversary

Salina — The Diocese of Salina launched the celebration of its 125th anniversary in 2012 with a 144-page, full color book available for purchase.

Ordering within the Diocese of Salina:

Contact your parish and purchase directly from them.

Ordering from outside the Diocese of Salina:

Call Renee Thompson, Chancery Receptionist, at (785) 827-8746 to place an order.
Mail your name, address and a check for $35 + $5 for shipping and handling to:

History Book, PO Box 1038, Salina, KS 67402

The book can also be purchased at The Messenger Catholic bookstore in Hays.


The books are on sale at parishes for $35, which includes sales tax. Those who live outside the diocese may contact the Chancery; a handling and shipping charge will be added for books to be mailed.

The Diocese of Concordia was established in August 1887, but Spanish Catholic missionaries had come to the area in 1541. Traders, trappers and explorers crossed the region in the early 1800s, and Jesuit missionaries followed.

The first bishop for the region was appointed in 1850. When the Kansas Territory was opened to settlement in 1854, Catholic pioneers began arriving, and the Church’s presence grew accordingly.

By the time the Concordia Diocese was formed, itinerant priests already had been traversing the prairie, celebrating Mass and offering the Sacraments in settlers’ homes until groups of Catholics were large enough to form a parish and build a church.

The history book chronicles the considerable changes since then, as well as providing capsule histories of each of the current parishes.

There also are sections on the religious men and women who served here, Marymount College, Irish priests and former parishes.