Mass was said in Catholics’ homes by area priests, beginning in 1882. The first church was built in 1902. Subsequent floods damaged the structure, and by 1947, it was razed. The new church, dedicated in 1948, was built six feet higher, and the great flood of 1951 did no damage.
The parish purchased a house and garage across the street from the church in 1979 to be used for religious education classes and a parish hall. Those were sold and a new parish hall was completed in 2007.
Always a mission, the parish typically has been tended to by priests from Salina who also had responsibilities at the Chancery, Marymount College or St. John’s Hospital.
Mission ParishesSt. Mary Queen of the Universe Parish - Salina