of a Church: Sts. Peter & Paul Church
Book review by Mary Lynn Axtman, Fargo, North Dakota
Wald, Tyrase Mack. Portrait
of a Church: Sts. Peter & Paul Church. Bismarck, North Dakota: Quality Printing, 1989.
It has been said that the Germans in Russia and from Russia were
an uncultured people with little education or appreciation for the
finer things in life. This Portrait of a Church book by Tyrase Mack
Wald, written in 1989 for the 100th anniversary of the Catholic
Diocese of Fargo as well as the 100th Anniversary of the State of
North Dakota gives the reader a glimpse of the ecclesiastic art
that decorates the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Karlsruhe,
North Dakota. The stunning pictures in this book of the 14 hand
painted Saint's portraits by the German artist Berthold Von Imhoff
gives proof that the humble German Russian homesteaders and farmers
appreciated and were willing to fund fine Christian art works in
Along with pictures of the earlier church and the former priests
who served the Karlsruhe parish, Tyrase includes a history of the
parish and each of the pictured saints. She also includes commonly
said prayers in the German language. These German prayers are now
mostly forgotten by the younger generations of these early immigrants.
This Portrait of a Church is a real tribute to what humble Germans
from Russia could build to honor God.
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