St. Ann Catholic Church

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  • 4057 Hwy 70 Business West

    Clayton,   NC   27520


During the 1800s, Johnston County had only a handful of Catholics. There were no Catholic churches to celebrate Mass, so families would gather in each other’s homes and Mass would be celebrated once in awhile, whenever a priest passing through would visit. Twenty-one years after becoming a station, Smithfield would be raised to the status of “mission.” In 1915, a small chapel, named St. Peter, was constructed on North Seventh Street in Smithfield, for the cost of $845.00. By 1929, Mass was celebrated on a bi-monthly basis, and developing from a mission to a “parish” became a reality in 1935 when Mrs. Doyle of Boston had donated $5,000 in bonds with the stipulation that a Catholic Church be built in North Carolina, and that it be named in honor of Saint Ann. Bishop Hafey allocated the money to Smithfield, and thus the first St. Ann building was formed.

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4057 Hwy 70 Business West
Clayton NC 27520


Latitude: 35° 34' 1.56" / Longitude: -78° 23' 38.4"

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