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Vintage postcard of the St. Francis De Sales Church at Phoenicia in Ulster County, New York.

Catholic Church at Phoenicia, Catskill Mountains, N.Y.

The beautiful Saint Francis de Sales church in Phoenicia, New York was built in 1904 for a cost of $9,000. The first pastor of the congregation, Reverend M. Julien Ginet, was also the architect and builder of the church. The church namesake, Francis de Sales (1567-1622), was a prolific writer whose most famous work, Introduction to the Devout Life, has been a Christian classic for over 4 centuries. Saint Francis de Sales is honored within the Roman Catholic Church as the patron saint of journalists and writers. The church continues to operate today, over a century after its founding.

The vintage postcard was published by the Eagle Post Card Company for Hauser & Keene. The postcard was never mailed.

“Do not fear what may happen tomorrow. The same loving Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. Either he will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.” – St. Francis De Sales