About 300 people gathered for a mass, reception and community performances representing the cultures served by St. Boniface Catholic Church on Saturday to celebrate its 150th anniversary.
The church and adjacent St. Anthony Foundation, operated by the Franciscan Friars and located in the heart of the Tenderloin, serve a community best known for its chronic homelessness, drug trafficking and severe poverty.
The parish is known for serving immigrant communities, said pastor the Rev. Tommy King, and Saturday’s performances highlighted the African-American, Hispanic, Vietnamese and Filipino cultures.
The original church was dedicated April 15, 1860. The current church building grew out of a structure built in 1900, damaged in the 1906 earthquake and rebuilt in 1908. From 2002-2007, a fundraising and retrofitting effort brought the church up to current seismic standards.