Castle Hayne, NC

The History of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church

In January, 1907, three Catholic families established residence in the Castle Hayne, NC area, a rural family farm community north of Wilmington. The families either attended Mass in Wilmington or it was celebrated in a private home. These first Masses, held in the homes of the families, were usually celebrated by Monsignor Christopher Dennen from Wilmington. Nuns from the Wilmington parish would make regular visits in support of children's education. By early 1914, the Castle Hayne Catholic community had grown to eighteen families. In the spring of 1914, the small group obtained ten acres of land through a donation of the Hugh McRae Development Company, a real estate promoter from Wilmington, and the process of constructing a church was started. Funds to support construction came from family donations and the Catholic Extension Society of Chicago, IL. Mr. Thomas Hayduke was responsible for most of the construction, which started in 1916. Dedication of the church was held in June 1916 by  Bishop Haid, with Father Dennen offering the Mass.


St. Stanislaus remained a mission of St. Mary Catholic Church in Wilmington until 1933. During this time a priest traveled from Wilmington about twice a month to say Mass. In that year, Father Sheurich, a diocesan priest, was appointed Pastor at St. Joseph, St. Helens, NC, located about fifteen miles north of Castle Hayne and assumed support of St. Stanislaus. In 1935 the Conventional Franciscan Friars of Immaculate Conception Province assumed pastoral care at St. Joseph and assigned Father John Munane to the parish. St. Stanislaus continued to be supported by Father John from St. Joseph. The Franciscan Sisters, based in Syracuse, NY, were resident at the St. Joseph School in St. Helena and also supported children's education at St. Stanislaus.


Church Construction and The Early Years of Growth

Construction of the rectory began in July 1947 and was completed and dedicated in December of that year. In 1950, St. Joseph School closed due to low enrollment, and the Franciscan sisters transferred to St. Stanislaus. During that summer, the efforts of the entire parish were concentrated on relocating and remodeling a surplus administration building obtained from a decommissioned Army facility, Camp Davis. The "new" school, a convent, and parish hall opened on September 5, 1950, with the sisters resident in the convent. Forty-two students enrolled at the start of the school year. Coincident to this, a surplus Army chapel, also obtained from Camp Davis, was relocated to the site and remodeled over the following year. On September 23, 1951, Bishop Waters dedicated the church, school and convent.  

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Sunday's - 9 am




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Thursday's 12 noon

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