Church of the Visitation

The Church of the Visitation in O’Connor [1904, NR] is a very important piece of the tapestry of religion in Nebraska’s heritage. The church complex near Spalding in Greeley County, Nebraska, was one of the early parishes established by the Irish Catholic Colonization Association of the United States. The complex includes a Romanesque Revival style church, rectory, parish hall and cemetery. It was listed on the National Register in 1984.It is one of nine historically significant religious properties in the county recorded in the Historic Survey of the County which was conducted by the Nebraska State Historic Preservation Office.

The Church has a non-profit corporation seeking funds to preserve the building by addressing a number of deferred maintenance issues. The O’Connor was the first settlement established in Nebraska by The Irish Catholic Colonization Association as part of the mass Irish immigration from the East Coast. The church continues to attract visitors from all over the world. Although no longer an active parish, events such as weddings, funerals and other religious rites are performed in the 800-seat sanctuary. And the 1879 cemetery is still an active burial ground.