Welcome to the web site of St. Wenceslaus Church in Baltimore. We are a parish with a long history, a rich tradition and a diverse congregation. Our beautiful church was built in 1914 by Bohemian Catholic immigrants to Baltimore who first established the parish in 1872. While most of the Bohemian-Americans have moved to the suburbs and beyond, many still return to worship with us. Meanwhile many of our members today come from the African-American population of our neighborhood, as well as the former parishes of St. Katharine, St. James and John and St. Bernard.
St. Wenceslaus School has been closed since 1986, but nearby St. James and John School continues to provide quality Catholic education to the children of our area. Our convent once housed dedicated Sisters of the SSND community; it now serves as a hospice for men with chronic illnesses under the care of the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity. St. Wenceslaus has had a "twin sister" since 1995, sharing a pastor with St. Ann's Church on Greenmount Avenue. For most of its history, St. Wenceslaus was faithfully served by the Redemptorists. In 1999, the parish began to be served by Franciscan Friars. The first to come were members of the Third Order Regular, and more recently the Conventual Franciscan Friars have come to minister to us.
All are welcome to Saint Wenceslaus! We wait with open arms to receive all who seek the Lord in our faith filled church home. Praise God!
Friar Timothy P. Dore, OFM Conv., Pastor
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
- Matthew 11:28-30