|St. Francis Catholic Church, Georgetown, Ky.|
The rural church is not ordinarily left open for contemplative prayer, but is available for scheduled tours. I happened to visit on a day when the church was having a picnic. So I was able to stroll into the church for a little prayer (and photography)! It is absolutely beautiful.
Rev. Stephen Theodore Badin was the congregation's resident pastor for many formative years; Rev. Badin was the first Catholic priest ordained in the United States. Born in Orleans, France in 1768, he was ordained May 25, 1793 by Bishop Carroll of the then-Diocese of Baltimore. Soon thereafter, Rev. Badin was appointed to the Mission of Kentucky.
A convent was located here until from 1875 to 1896 when it was moved to the Cardome Center, just north of Georgetown.