The Phoenix church
St. Mary’s Church was built in 1858 to serve the Catholic residents in the nearby mining community of Cliff, scene of the area’s first major copper discovery in 1844. Services continued until 1899 when the church was dismantled and reassembled in Phoenix, where it was renamed The Church of the Assumption. Masses were held until 1957, when the last service marked a century of providing spiritual guidance to mining families and their descendants.
(Photo: The Blessing of the Pets is an annual event at the Phoenix Church.)
In 1985 the Keweenaw County Historical Society took over the property and began extensive repair and restoration work. The church now appears much as it did when folks from another century knelt in prayer, a fitting memorial to one chapter of Keweenaw’s proud heritage. Although now deconsecrated, the church is still used for weddings and memorial services.
(Photo: A Memorial Mass is held at the church each September.)
Visiting the Phoenix Church
Hours & Admission- The Phoenix Church is open from mid-June to early October. The 2023 opening date is Sunday, June 18th. Hours are 8 AM - 6 PM daily. There is no admission charge for this museum, however a donation is appreciated.
2023 Events- Blessing of the Animals- Sunday, July 23, 1:30 to 3:30 pm EDT Open House-Sunday, August 20, 1 to 4 pm EDT Annual Mass-Sunday, September 3, 1:30 pm EDT
Location- The church is located at 5581 US Highway 41, Phoenix, MI. That's in Phoenix at the intersection of Hwy 41 and M-26 going to Eagle River. GPS: N 47 23.354 W 88 16.587, Decimal Degrees:47.389230, -88.27645
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