St Barnabas Catholic Church

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St Barnabas Catholic Church is a Catholic church in the Diocese of Birmingham located at 7921 1st Avenue North in the Roebuck-South East Lake community.

St Barnabas began as a mission of St Paul's Parish in downtown Birmingham. Reverend John A. Bratton was missioner when a Cumberland Presbyterian Church erected in 1898 was purchased in 1908 and subsequently remodeled for Catholic services. Right Reverend Edward P. Allen formally dedicated the remodeled building on October 18, 1908.

After seven chaplains had served the mission church, it was raised to a parish in September 1918 with Father Walter J. Tobin as resident pastor. The church was located at 8045 2nd Avenue South by 1920. In 1938, under pastor George W. Keys, the congregation purchased the present church property on the corner of 1st Avenue and 80th Street North. A new church was dedicated at the site on January 10, 1954, exactly two years after ground was broken for it. It was designed by Charles McCauley in the Gothic style.



  • Lovett, Rose Gibbons (1980) The Catholic Church in the Deep South: The Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama, 1540-1976 Birmingham, AL: The Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama
  • Lody, Father Joseph, ed. (2009). History of the Diocese of Birmingham. Strasbourg, France: Éditions du Signe.

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