QU and St Francis Solanus to Co-Host Kick-Off of Centennial Celebration of Br. Adrian Wewer

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(Indianapolis, IN) – Quincy University and St Francis Solanus Church will share host duties for Vintage Structures Living Church, a day-long event that begins a year-long series of activities that celebrate the life and work of Brother Adrian Wewer OFM.  Brother Adrian was a German Catholic Franciscan friar who was part of a wave of German immigrants in the mid-1800s.  Trained as a carpenter, Brother Adrian quickly adapted his skills to church design and construction.  

At the time of his death in 1914, Brother Adrian designed and built more than 100 buildings, including churches, friaries, hospitals and college buildings from New Jersey to California and from the Upper Midwest to Tennessee.  In Quincy, Brother Adrian built the Central and West wings at Quincy University, St Francis Solanus Church, Blessed Sacrament (originally named St. Mary) Church, St Boniface (closed) Church, and the original St Anthony of Padua Church (demolished).  In nearby Palmyra, MO, Bro. Adrian designed and built St Joseph Catholic Church.

The cost of the event is $30 for the entire day (including lunch) or $10 for lunch only.  Register online at www.adrianwewer.org or contact St Francis Solanus Church at 217-222-2898.

The event begins with registration at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 5 at MacHugh Theatre at Quincy University.  The Keynote Address The Life of Adrian Wewer will be presented by Professor James Harmon, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Truman State University.  At 11 a.m., an organ and harp recital will be presented at nearby St Francis Solanus Church by Bro Gary Jeriha OFM and Fr bob Humacher OFM.  Lunch will follow at noon at St Francis Solanus.  An optional tour of Blessed Sacrament Church (formerly St Mary) will take place at 1 pm.  At 2 pm back at MacHugh Theatre at Quincy a panel discussion with time for questions will reflect on “The German-American Experience in the United States” and “Ministry, Evangelization and Contemporary Immigration in the United States”.  Presenters include Professor Harmon, Rev. Joseph Zimmerman OFM, Quincy University Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Professor Paul Johnson, Professor of English at Conception Seminary College and Rev. Gilberto Cavazos-Gonzalez OFM, Professor of Spirituality and Director of the Hispanic Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union.  At 4:30 pm there will be a Mass at St Francis Solanus with dinner to follow at Holy Cross Friary adjacent to the church.

A traveling exhibition about the work of Brother Adrian will on display at Quincy University during the Kick-Off event.  For information about the exhibit’s traveling schedule and other Centennial Celebration events, visit www.adrianwewer.org or call 317-638-5551.

For additional information, contact Rev. Don Blaeser, OFM at 217-222-2898 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University (www.quincy.edu) is a Catholic, co-educational, residential university offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. The university has 15 intercollegiate sports and is a member of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women.