scaffolding, and not on his pallet as he usually did. That night Indians raided the church and
shot arrows into the blanket that covered Fleury's bed. The priest was spared.
His horse, however, didn't fare as well; it was found dead behind
the Philip's Hotel where it had been tied. The church and the
horse were the only items of interest to the Indians that night. Source: Davidson, Anna Marie S., ed., "History of St. Peter's Catholic
Church, Boerne, Texas", 1986.
800 Block S. Main, Boerne
Library File #97& 98
OWNERS: Catholic Church
BUILDER: Church Members
CONSTRUCTED OF: Stone
DESCRIPTION: The exterior of this
first church measured 20 by 50 feet, with thick stone walls which
reduced the inside measure to 17 by 47; steep roof; eight windows
with four on each side.
HISTORY: ST. PETER THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC CHURCH,
The first priest assigned to Boerne in 1860 was
a young French immigrant, Rev. Emil L.J. Fleury. He was given the
task of building a church in the Hill Country. The acreage
selected for the first congregation was a hillside plot on the
south side of the Cibolo. The land was transferred from William F. Kernaghan to the
Rev.Claude M. Dubuis, Bishop of Galveston.
Fleury, who had considerable knowledge of construction, went to Fredericksburg to hire stone masons and learn how to make lime for the mortar that would bond the stones.
He returned with two masons who agreed to work if Fleury would furnish their room and board. Fleury arranged with Mr. Phillips, who owned the inn nearby, for room and board for his men-again on credit.
Fleury and the workers quarried the limestone used for the
church at the Herff Ranch. A hand-dug well was located on the
right side of the church not only for the priests, but also for the animals of the ranchers who
came to worship. A kiln was built on top of Kronkosky Hill for the making of lime.
The young deacon cut and dressed stones along with his masons, and raised $200 to defray
building costs. Parishioners Phillips, Schertz, Staffel, Dienger, Daizer, Sultenfuss, O'Grady,
Kunz, Acker, Beck, Riley and Kaiser assisted the deacon along with a number of Hispanic men
whose names have been lost. George Wilkins Kendall was a major contributor to the church,
and records show that Casper Sultenfuss donated labor and material for the completion of the
At one point during the construction, Fleury was so exhausted he fell asleep
By 1866 or 1867 the church was completed and debt free.
Deacon Fleury began his studies at the Seminary in San Antonio.
This was the beginning of St. Peter's Parish in Boerne. After his ordination on January 21,
1868, Father Fleury became the first resident priest at St. Peter's , serving Boerne and the
surrounding area. In 1869 he was transferred to St. Peter and Paul in New Braunfels.
Sometime between the completion of the church and the turn of the century, a cross was
added to the top of the steeple, a window was replaced by a door to a side porch with a roof,
the sacristy, which is believed to have been originally built of logs, was built of concrete block,
and two windows were cut into the front of the church - one on each side of the entrance. By 1916 the inside walls had been plastered, and the front
porch with shingled roof had been added. A side chimney was built to accommodate a stove
so that the church itself could be heated. When the second church was dedicated in 1923, the little
church had doors that were no longer plain, but had designs on
By the time the old building was replaced by the new, it had begun its decline. To begin with, the church was stripped of its altar, pews and other religious trappings which were moved to the new church. This building was then used for classes, church socials and as a meeting room. About 1971 there was a renovation done and it continued in operation for these same purposes. Time and usage contributed to more decline.
In 1978 a Restoration and Preservation Committee was formed for the purpose of raising funds to make repairs, and for the restoration of the church. Extensive work was done- including a new roof and a concrete floor in the back portion of the building.
on the scaffolding, and not on his pallet as he usually did. That night Indians raided the church and shot arrows into the blanket that covered Fleury's bed. The priest was spared. His horse, however, didn't fare as well; it was found dead behind the Philip's Hotel where it had been tied. The church and the horse were the only items of interest to the Indians that night.
Source: Davidson, Anna Marie S., ed., "History of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Boerne, Texas", 1986.