Thousands will tour historic St. George Rectory in Hermann MO this month
By staff writer
St. George Catholic Church in Hermann opens its doors this weekend for the annual open house tour of the historic Franciscan Friary.
Each year the friary is decorated by Father William Debo, pastor of St. George Church, and a committee of dedicated volunteers. It’s a free tour, but a free-will offering at the end of the tour will be taken to assist the Hermann Ministerial Alliance in helping the needy.
The rectory tour on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10th and 11th, will be from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. both days.
Thousands have passed through the doors each season to see religious artifacts integrated into beautiful displays, along with dozens of themed trees.
The open house at the rectory has become a walk into all that is sublime at Christmas time. People by the bus loads have come to visit, and private tours have extended into January.
All of the rooms are professionally decorated, and a genuine spirit of good will and giving are all rolled into one special memory of the season. The inspiration for the decor comes from treasured collections.
Tables are set with laces and crystal, and there is a scent of spiced cider and thousands of twinkling lights and candles clustered among dried roses.
Collections of ornaments, antique and handmade, will be displayed in groups or in the mantle garland, on the dozens of trees and in tabletop bowls.
You will find wreaths of all shapes and sizes on the walls; leaves, nuts, fruits and berries, on benches and windowsills. Colorful taffeta bows and satin ribbons can be found on the tree branches, along with German paper cuttings and gilded candles, gift wraps and greetings. Votive candles will be displayed in the hallway, as well as antique statuary.
For more information and details, or to set up a private group tour outside regular hours, contact the parish office by calling 573-486-2723.
The rectory is located on West Fourth Street just across the street from St. George Catholic School.